City Creek Center doesn't seem too crowded during conference weekend

Mar 31 2012 - 7:40pm

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(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Four young people look over the balcony at City Creek Center on Saturday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) Four young people look over the balcony at City Creek Center on Saturday.

SALT LAKE CITY -- This city may have just found a way to shake off its reputation of congestion during General Conference sessions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It's the new, 20-acre City Creek Complex.

Saturday, after the morning session of conference, a sea of conference-goers filtered into City Creek from Temple Square, slowing their flow onto city streets.

A brother and sister pair, Amanda and Travis Price, of Brigham City, were among those who went straight to the City Creek Center from conference.

"I know there's a ton of people but it's not too crowded," said Travis, 21, describing the large, open spaces at the complex. "It seems like easy access."

The two were standing around watching people getting wet as wind blew water from large fountains.

Small children played in another fountain while their parents waited to eat at the new Cheesecake Factory.

"You feel indoor, outdoor, indoor, outdoor," Amanda, 24, said of the space, some of which is covered with large windows while other areas are left open. "You get the best of both worlds."

"It's really clean," Travis said. "It's got a good feel. ... I love the creek how it runs through it. It gives personality."

A group of five Bountiful young adults said they were excited to go to City Creek after the morning session of conference.

"We just wanted to see," said Rachel Young. "We heard about it. The architecture is just awesome."

Young said she enjoyed the open-air space.

"It's beautiful," said Karen Leavitt, of Las Vegas. "Now I have something to do (during the priesthood session)."

Leavitt also liked how she and her husband, Kevin, could get to City Creek from Trax so they didn't have to drive their car from their hotel.

Gilbert, Ariz., resident Mike Wood said he visits Salt Lake City often for General Conference and to see family.

He said he waited anxiously for eight years for the development to be completed.

"It's interesting to see that eight years has gone by," he said. "I knew it was opening, and I was curious to see it since it had been under construction for so many years."

"It gives a nice, relaxing place to come to," said Kathy Byington, of West Jordan.

"It gives an enjoyable atmosphere."

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