Rose Park turns to gofundme for new signs

Rose Park welcome signs.  Photos from
Rose Park welcome signs. Photos from the Rose Park Community Council GoFundMe campaign.

The “Welcome to Rose Park” signs along 600 and 1000 North are faded and rusting.  The Rose Park Community Council wants to replace the the aged welcome signs with modern signs placed at the main gateways into the Salt Lake west-side neighborhood. In an attempt to raise the money needed for the new signs the community council has turned to GoFundMe, a fundraising website that allows individuals or organizations to seek donations from interested donors .

According to the campaign, the signs have become dilapidated due to weather, age and graffiti.  The community council wants the new signs to be graffiti proof and durable.

Salt Lake City has awarded the council a $9,600 grant to help fund the signs, but according to the community council, the council must raise another $9,600 to receive the grant.  The council is hoping to raise $6,000 through the online campaign and the remaining $3,600 through volunteer hours.

With the last year’s opening of the Green Line, a TRAX light rail line connecting downtown Salt Lake to the airport, growth in the nearby Marmalade neighborhood and the apartment construction boom at the corner at 600 West and North Temple, Rose Park could become one of Salt Lake’s next hottest neighborhoods.  Modern signs could reflect an evolving neighborhood.

The community council’s GoFundMe campaign has currently raised just under $2,000 of their $6,000 goal.

The council has yet to approve a final design but preliminary designs indicate that the council wants to include a nature inspired sign that reflects the neighborhood’s tree lined streets or the roses that make the neighborhood “Rose Park.”

Preliminary sketch of a tree-inspired welcome sign.
Preliminary sketch of a tree-inspired welcome sign.
Another preliminary design for new welcome signs in Rose Park.
Another preliminary design for new welcome signs in Rose Park.

Posted by Isaac Riddle

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at