Friends, if you've never heard of the "Cat Park", it's your lucky day! Steenblik Park, aka the "Cat Park" is a favorite playground of Salt Lake City locals who live in the Rose Park neighborhood.
Having been a resident of Rose Park for several years, I can testify of the glory that is the "Cat Park", as Steenblik Park is lovingly called by neighbors. Originally christened the "Tot Lot", the park later gained the official name of Steenblik Park, named after the Steenblik family who built the Rose Park neighborhood into what it is today. (Fun fact: lots of Steenblik descendants still live in Rose Park!)
Steenblik Park also carries the nickname of the "Cat Park" for one obvious reason: the four giant bronze cat statues that reside within the park boundaries. Kind of weird, but strangely endearing, the cat statues, designed and sculpted by artist Day Christensen, were commissioned as a public art project by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in honor of the Steenblik dairy and its accompanying felines, both of which used to reside in Rose Park.
Neither the original dairy or its cats survive, but the cat statues do a good job of reminding residents of what used to be in the neighborhood.
The "Cat Park" is a fairly basic park - it's got a nice playground, swings, drinking fountain, benches, a table, lovely shade trees, and plenty of grass to run around on. I've taken my kids there for years, and all of them love it. My kids especially love to climb on the cat statues, which is totally fine.
Also, if you have a dog, you can totally bring your pet, as long as you clean up after it. The one downside: the park has no bathrooms. Other than this, it's the perfect little neighborhood park.
PS - When you go, make sure you check out the giant painted rose on the street at the intersection of 800 North and American Beauty Drive (1000 West). This is a recent addition to Rose Park, and it's pretty awesome.
If you need a new park to check out, give the "Cat Park" a try.
If you go, be sure to #thesaltproject! We want to see the cats, oh and you!
- Drinking Fountain
- Picnic Tables
- No Reservations
- 2 acres
- Easily accessible from I-15 off of the 600 North exit.