South Salt Lake community centers are designed to help residents network, learn new skills and enjoy their recreation time in a safe and constructive environment. They are open to the public and host programs run by our Recreation Department and Arts Council. Each center also hosts free Promise South Salt Lake youth programs. Promise SSL offers the children and teens of our community an excellent support system beyond home and school.
There are three South Salt Lake community centers, and an additional ten Promise neighborhood centers hosted in other educational buildings. The SSL community centers include Columbus, Historic Scott School and Central Park.
Columbus Community Center - 2531 S 400 E
The city’s most recognizable building was designed by C.S. McDonald in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The Columbus Community Center plays host to some of South Salt Lake’s most important activities, clubs and events. The building was an elementary school for over 60 years, before becoming the heart of South Salt Lake. It includes an auditorium, gym, meeting rooms, dance room, and an outdoor courtyard, all of which are available for rent.
This center now offers:
The Community Opportunity Center: Mon/Weds/Fri 3 pm - 7 pm
The Community Opportunity Center ("The Co-Op"), which offers digital access, job and career supports, and financial empowerment coaching. This is the newest addition to the center, taking the space of the former Columbus Branch County Library.
Columbus Senior Center: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-2:30pm
- Provides meals, activities and classes for senior residents.
SSL Recreation Department: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
- The City’s own Recreation Department operates out of the Columbus Center and leads classes, camps and leagues for all ages and interests
- Open gym is held in the gymnasium next to the Rec Dept.
Best Buy Teen Tech Center: Tue-Fri: 3pm-1pm, Sat: 10am-2pm
- A fun and free drop-in lab to experiment and innovate with a range of advanced tech, including Microsoft Studio computers, a 3D printer and a recording studio.
Hser Ner Moo Promise South Salt Lake Program: Fall and Spring: Mon-Thur 4-7 pm, Fri 2:30-5:30 pm; Summer: Mon-Fri 9-5 pm
- This Promise SSL center offers youth help with reading, math, science and ESL, as well as fun clubs and sports activities for students K-12.
- The Center also works with community partners to offer ESL classes, parenting support and more!
There is a second “Columbus Community Center” in South Salt Lake, which serves people with developmental disabilities. This organization formerly occupied the Columbus Center building, but are now located at 3495 S. West Temple and at 3848 S. West Temple.
Central Park Community Center - 2797 S 200 E
This former school site (Woodrow Wilson Elementary) was converted in 2010 to the city’s recreation hub and center for youth services. The 10 acre-campus hosts numerous activities and partners that support the entire community.
Promise SSL - Provides afterschool and summer programs for teens, including arts and academics.
South Salt Lake’s Police Athletics League and boxing gym - The League is supported by South Salt Lake’s police department and volunteers.
SSL Recreation leagues - These include soccer, baseball, indoor soccer, basketball and pickleball
Park and playground
Outdoor sports courts and fields, great for soccer, baseball and pickleball
Historic Scott School - 3280 S 540 E
South Salt Lake is proud to be home to the oldest continuously operating school in the state of Utah. This charming campus was the founding site of Granite High School, gradually growing and changing to become home to another Promise SSL center, and a community center for the arts.
In addition to high school classes, the Pioneer Craft House organization taught community classes began teaching community classes there 1947, and the buildings are often referred to by that name. In 2009, the city acquired the property from Granite School District with the support from Salt Lake County ZAP funds. South Salt Lake began offering new community ceducation and services, including:
- Promise SSL afterschool and summer programs - Excellent program offerings for teens, including classes in arts and academics.
- Community art classes and activities organized by the South Salt Lake Arts Council.
Promise South Salt Lake leads programs for youth and families at ten other Neighborhood Centers, in partnership with Granite School District, Utah Department of Workforce Services, United Way, and many other valuable partners. These centers offer afterschool and summer programs, in addition to family support and job skills. Each center is different and you can learn more about the programs by contacting Promise South Salt Lake.
How can I rent a meeting room or event space?
Please contact the South Salt Lake Recreation Department to discuss available options.
How can I sign up for Promise SSL?
Visit our Promise SSL webpage for more information, and to enroll in Afterschool and/or Summer programs.
What plans does the city have for community centers?
The City of South Salt Lake is currently working under its 2015 Parks, Open Spaces, Trails and Community Centers Master Plan, which sets goals for services and amenities in every neighborhood.
How can I sign up for a class?
Please contact our partners to ask about signing up for one of their community classes. You can find contact information on their websites, listed above and under “Related Links”.