Utah Heritage Foundation advocates preservation-oriented public policies by drafting legislation, testifying before legislative committees, and lobbying for the passage of bills that preserve Utah 's historic resources. Listed below are some of the buildings, policies, and projects we are advocating for currently, sorted by when we added the project. Urgent projects are noted because there is immediate action needed by the public to preserve our heritage.
Draper’s John R. Park School deserves rehabilitation, not demolition
The John R. Park School is the last remaining historic civic structure in Draper City. The building has been a landmark in Draper’s city center since its construction in 1912. The school has helped bring significance to Draper as it has grown from its roots as a small rural community. However, Draper City is planning to demolish the school that is supposed to represent the best of education in Utah. In recent events, the building has been slated for demolition in September if a viable plan is not presented to the Draper City Council by August 30. Utah Heritage Foundation feels very strongly that the John R. Park School is an important preservation issue for Draper City and its future. Demolishing the John R. Park School without fully considering all of the options that have been presented for the building is strongly discouraged.
Utah Heritage Foundation has been actively involved in discussions about the John R. Park School since 2000. We believe that there are things that can be done to save the building while moving the process along quickly.
Denver & Rio Grande Freight House and Boiler/Engine Shop
Between 200 and 400 South, 600 West and I-15, Salt Lake City