Aerial Blackridge Neighborhood

Blackridge Reservoir


Fun in the Sun

Blackridge Reservoir

Enjoy the sandy beach, refreshing water, playground, and scenic trailhead of Blackridge Reservoir. It’s a perfect spot for cooling off and soaking up the summer sun or getting a fresh perspective on the hillside trails nearby.


Proposed changes for 2024

Reservoir challenges

Though Blackridge Reservoir is one of the highlights of our community, its popularity comes with a list of challenges that relate to overcrowding during peak times. Parking space on site is limited, to which some drivers respond by illegally parking in permit-only areas in nearby neighborhoods. Various nuisances are a recurring issue at the reservoir and in the vicinity. When crowds are their largest, police presence is often needed, pulling officers away from patrols around the rest of the community or costing the City extra money for additional officer shift

Balancing resources and a featured amenity

The City Council has considered the challenges of Blackridge Reservoir on an annual basis: how do we keep an amenity open that we’ve invested money into while reducing headaches at the reservoir and through the surrounding neighborhood? The Council is considering a multi-point approach that would start May 1, 2024:

  • Implementation of a $15 parking fee—On weekends and holidays between May 1-September 7, a $15 all-day parking fee is under consideration for vehicles accessing Blackridge Reservoir. This fee, administered on site by a contracted service, aims to reduce peak-time crowds, distribute visitors more evenly throughout the week, and generate revenue to support reservoir operations.
  • Increased illegal parking fine from $25 to $100— the current fine of $25 for illegal parking throughout the city has not proven sufficient to deter improperly parked cars nor come close to covering the costs of issuing and processing the fines. The Council is contemplating an increased standard fine of $100 with a maximum of $200. Though the issue of illegal parking is concentrated at and near Blackridge Reservoir during peak summer times, it happens throughout the city. Parking regulations are in place to promote safety, including emergency access and clear driver views.
  • Pavilion reservations—the large pavilion at Blackridge Reservoir includes several parking spaces as part of a pavilion event reservation. With the new parking day pass at the reservoir, the pavilion reservation charge will increase to include the equivalent cost of the parking spaces.
  • Signage at the reservoir will be re-designed for consistency and clarity. Signs in the surrounding permit-only neighborhoods will note the increased parking fine.
  • Parking permit area—Anticipating a shift in parking patterns due to the proposed fee and fine adjustments, the City proposed expanding the permitted parking area to include more streets to deter people from using the reservoir when it is already full. The petition to expand the area did not gain enough signatures to make a change, so the permit area will not be expanded. However, the City will still eliminate the $25 fee charged to residents to acquire the annual parking permit.

Your involvement matters

These changes are intended to meet a balance of allowing residents and visitors to enjoy the several amenities at Blackridge while reducing the strains on City resources and nuisances in the surrounding area.

We invite you to participate in public hearings at City Council meetings to voice your opinion on the proposed changes. The dates and topics of these hearings are as follows:

  • February 28, 2024
    • $15 reservoir parking fee
    • Pavilion reservation fee increase
  • March 13, 2024
    • Citywide illegal parking fine increase
    • Parking permit area expansion



Blackridge neighborhood parking permit program

Map showing the Blackridge neighborhood parking permit area

Residents who live in the area shown on the map are eligible for permits to park belonging to them or their guests on the public street. All other vehicles are prohibited from parking in those areas. Residents living outside the area are not eligible for the permits.

Permit application information




Reservoir and Trailhead Information


Hours

March 15 - November 14 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(gate locks at 10:00 p.m.)
November 15 - March 14 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Two kayakers paddle across Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman

Amenities

  • Beachfront
  • Playground
  • Restrooms (open April through October)
  • Parking lot
  • Bike rack
  • Trailhead
  • Paved trail
  • Benches
  • 4 small pavilions
  • 1 large pavilion
  • Grass area

Water quality—Swim at your own risk

Blackridge Reservoir is a natural body of water and is untreated. The water may contain waterborne pathogens, parasites, leeches, snails, and more. 

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality tests regularly for E. coli and harmful algal bloom. View the latest test results on the state DEQ's website.

There is no lifeguard on duty.

Rules and regulations

The following are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Open flames or charcoal grills
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Glass on the beach
  • Off-leash dogs
  • Dogs anywhere on the beach
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Motorized watercraft
  • Fireworks
  • UTVs or ATVs beyond the parking lot
  • Overnight parking
  • Entering ice during the winter