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Hidden Hollow Concert Series returns for third year

Thursday, June 21, 20121107 views

Mark your calendars: a popular series of free concerts is returning for another summer season at the amphitheater in Hidden Hollow Nature Park (2160 South 1255 East).

The concert series is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday nights beginning July 13. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. The Hidden Hollow Concert Series is sponsored by Utah Open Lands Conservation Association.

Utah Open Lands Deputy Director Catherine Cargill said the concerts are a great evening out in the park, but also a good way to support local musicians.

“These are all local bands,” she said.

The early list of bands and participating musicians includes: North Valley, The Moth and the Flame, Bullets and Belles, and folka dots.

After the first concert in July, concertgoers can expect to hear North Valley on Aug. 13, Bullets and Belles on Aug. 17, and folka dots on Aug. 24.

Everyone is invited to come out for two hours of free music. Attendees should plan to find parking on or near Wilmington Ave., and are welcome to bring blankets and coolers.

Food concessions will be available at the park. Conservation groups will also be in attendance with information and booths set up during the concerts.

The Hidden Hollow Concert Series is supported in large part by Salt Lake City and the Wilmington Gardens Group.

Hidden Hollow Nature Park is owned by Salt Lake City, but protected by a conservation easement managed by Utah Open Lands.

The park was officially dedicated as a protected open-space area in 2000. The property was the first park space in Sugar House to become a protected area.

Hidden Hollow received protected status after 10 years of community activism aimed at preserving the park space.

In 1990, local elementary school children and their parents rallied to call for protections against development of the property because they wanted to see it used for outdoor classroom space and a gathering place for community events.

“It was [almost] a parking lot,” said Lynne Olson, a former member of the Sugar House Community Council and current member of the Sugar House Historic Society. She added that the Hidden Hollow Concert Series is a great way for the community to have the opportunity to enjoy the unique park space.

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