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The John W. Gallivan Utah Center is furnished with an array of unique art projects, an amphitheater, an ice rink and pond, a huge outdoor chess board, and an aviary. Its inviting atmosphere is complemented with performance areas of all sizes, lots of seating, intimate spaces and vantage points that make the center a comfortable and fun place to enjoy the activities, casual strolling or “people watching.” The Gallivan Center provides a focal point for the downtown crowd to gather for lunch or a short reprieve from the day’s hectic work schedule. Special events such as exhibits, fairs, performances, parades, festivals and holiday celebrations make the John W. Gallivan Utah Center a lively and exciting gathering place year-round.
During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Gallivan Center was one of the busiest hotspots in downtown. The Gallivan Center is owned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Public Services has partnered with the RDA to provide the management, programming and maintenance. Both entities are working toward establishing a public urban area that has the versatility to provide a recreational, educational and vocational site for families and individuals of all ages.