West Valley & Taylorsville Neighborhood Guide | Utah Real Estate
West Valley City | Taylorsville
West Valley City boasts a population of more than 130,000 residents, making it the second largest city in Utah. From the establishment of the Harker’s first camp on the banks of the Jordan River to the development of a bustling center for business, recreation, and entertainment, West Valley City is certainly living up to its motto, “Progress as promised.”
The City of Taylorsville was incorporated on July 1, 1996, through the grassroots efforts of citizens who developed a vision that would provide greater local control of community planning, economic development, and municipal service delivery. While Taylorsville is still one of Utah’s newest cities, the area has a rich history reaching back to 1848 when pioneers Joseph and Susanna Harker crossed over the Jordan River and founded the Taylorsville-Bennion areas originally referred to as “Over Jordan.”
Parks and Recreation
Recreation opportunities abound in West Valley City and Taylorsville. Two golf courses and more than 20 parks provide ample green space, while the 96,000 square foot Family Fitness Center and the Harman Senior Recreation Center provide recreation and fitness activities for all ages. In 2002, the city hosted Olympic hockey during the Winter Games at what is now called the Maverik Center.
Granite School District, located in the Salt Lake Valley, operates 63 elementary schools, 15 junior high schools, 8 high schools, as well as other special schools and programs. With more than 67,000 students, Granite is the third largest district in Utah and is among the largest public school districts in the nation. Granite is also one of Utah’s largest employers, with more than 7,500 full and part-time employees. The district boundary encompasses 257 square miles.