By Buzz Storey
Nestled in the northwest corner of Salt Lake City, the Westpointe neighborhood in Salt Lake City is a quiet place which offers access to both a rural and a metropolitan lifestyle. Within the neighborhood, there are horse-quartering facilities, a future major soccer complex and even an 18-hole golf course. And yet, there is only one stoplight in the whole neighborhood! You can enjoy all this while only being four miles away from Salt Lake City’s Central Business District and the City Creek Mall.
“It’s a great place to live.We are on the edge of the city, it’s really nice,” says local resident Jeff Takenaka who returned and bought a home in this neighborhood after moving away.“It’s quiet and there’s not a lot of traffic.We can ride our bikes to downtown.”
Residents can visit most locations, including downtown, without having to face heavy traffic.Even though they have superb access to the I-15, the I-80 and the 2-15, they rarely need to drive on the I-15 or any other freeway.Because of Westpointe’sunique location, if the residents work outside of Salt Lake City and must commute, they travel in the opposite direction of most commuters.This means people can get to both work and home sooner.Many of the residents smile as they fly past freeway gridlock on their way home or to work.
Activities for Everyone
Part of what makes Westpointe such an attractive place is the opportunity for everyone to enjoy their favorite activities.There are many recreational opportunities in the community.Residents can play beach/sand volleyball, tennis, softball, basketball or soccer at the famous twenty-three-acre Westpointe Park.
For the motocross enthusiast, they can fly their motorcycles off tabletops and drive sharply around the banked turns on one of the two motocross courses at the Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area.Residents can also join friends and family to play free disk golf at the Riverside Disk Golf Course.
Families canvisit one of the multiple horse stables in the neighborhood and residents who enjoy serious cycling and running can take to the west end of the Jordan River Trail.Casual walkers and joggers can also enjoy exploring the turns of the Jordan River by going south on the Jordan River Trail.
Golfers enjoy living within blocks of the Rose Park Golf Course and using the driving range and the free putting green.There is even a radio plane airport/park within the community for people that enjoy that unique hobby.
The Northwest Recreation Center has a lap swimming pool, play pool, current channel and three waterslides.And, all the residents enjoy the innumerable benefits of living within four miles of downtown and the City Creek Mall.“We have exceptional recreational opportunities here, more than normal.There is something for everyone,” says resident Jeff Muhn.“We like the trail.My wife and I run and bike on it.It’s nice because of the shade, the wildlife and the birds.We walk on it with the kids to the library.Everyday there’s something going on at the library and it’s always fun to walk there on the trail.”
Home Sweet Home
The convenient location and the fun activities for everyone are just some of what Westpointe has to offer.In Westpointe, there is a strong sense ofcommunity for the many residents who call Westpointe home.“Word hasn’t gotten out about this place yet,” says Erin Youngberg, Chair of the Westpointe Community Council.“It’s a community where everyone belongs and the people that live here like that about where they live.”The well-established Westpointe Community Council organizes an annual event and activities with free food and holds monthly community meetings.“Our annual festival, Westpointe Night Out, sees 600-700 people attend for great entertainment, free food, education and togetherness.”
For public services that support the family within the Westpointe community, residents also enjoy access to the Day Riverside Public Library.For residents who want their children to attend a superb (and free) charter school, there is the Pacific Heritage Academy.“We have a very strong family and character orientation here,” says Esther Thompson, Assistant Director at the Pacific Heritage Academy.“Our school is an experiential K-8 free charter school which gives roots, meaning the children know where home is, and wings, meaning the children are taught tools to be academically and socially successful, and every single kid is known and cared for.That’s very important to us.”
The word is getting out. In Westpointe, you are welcome as you are, and the community provides all the support you need for success, for both you and your family. Many people agree—Westpointe is an ideal place to call home.