SALT LAKE CITY — The City Council has put its mark of approval on a much-debated management plan for Parleys Historic Nature Park.

The plan establishes about 15 acres of off-leash area for dog owners, while designating other portions of the 63-acre, city-owned property for rehabilitation and protection.

The compromise approved by the City Council on Tuesday night evolved following a veto by Mayor Ralph Becker of a council-approved plan in December.

The 6-1 vote of the City Council marked the end of a process that began three years ago and the beginning of what likely will be a two- to three-year project to improve the popular park.

That work will include habitat and riparian rehabilitation, trail building and analysis of environmental issues, including how to reduce contaminant levels in Parleys Creek.

Councilman Van Turner noted before the vote that the work of both the City Council and the administration as it relates to Parleys Historic Nature Park is far from over.

"We're still all in this, and we're still going to keep moving forward, and it's going to be a little jewel,” Turner said. "And that’s what I’m committed for."