Communities on the west side of Salt Lake County are welcoming new parks and improvements to existing ones this summer and fall, as outdoor spaces continue to be popular gathering places during the ongoing pandemic.
New features in the parks include playgrounds, play areas and, in Taylorsville, loving volunteer labor to teach residents about gardening.
County residents want to see more trails, open spaces to relax and a higher level of maintenance in area parks, according to a 2017 survey by the Salt Lake County Department of Parks and Recreation and Utah State University. These top priorities were consistent across the valley, said Martin Jensen, director of the department.
“We are absolutely thinking about the future and the future. We know there is huge growth on the west side, “Jensen said,” and we are actively planning and trying to meet that demand to provide parks and recreation services.
Here are some of the new parks and renovations planned for this year – and some plans for next year.
Opening of Magna Regional Park
The new Magna Regional Park will open to the public this fall at 4042 S. 7200 West in Magna, as at least two decades of planning and work to secure the right location begin to pay off.
This year, the Utahns will be able to enjoy the first 25 acres of Phase 1 of the park, with a playground and wading pool for all levels, walking trails, pavilions, washrooms and a multi-use field for soccer, lacrosse. or football, Jensen said.
The exact date of its opening is uncertain as the turf continues to grow as the county also strives to conserve water during the drought.
When completed, Magna Regional Park will cover 62 acres.
Redesign at Labrum Park, Taylorsville
Volunteers have moved lots of dirt, laid and marked trails, and will soon be planting seeds for their makeover at T. John Labrum Memorial Park, 6041 S. Jordan Canal Road in Taylorsville.
Their Loving Labrum Park project is an overhaul with walking trails and areas meant to educate the community about gardening. The features will show visitors ideas on what they could plant in their own garden, different types of plants that would work well with little water, and how to create an irrigation system or drip system, according to Meredith Harker. , Member of Taylorsville City Council and Parks and Recreation Liaison.
This new concept is slated to open this fall, with a $ 6,000 grant from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and a $ 10,000 budget from City Council. About twenty volunteers gather on certain Saturday mornings and weeknights to complete the work.
Get Updates at Oquirrh Park, Kearns
With an investment of $ 4.5 million, Phase III of Oquirrh Park has been completed and now offers a playground, more hiking trails and trails for rides and scooters, and a pavilion.
These amenities join the multi-use fields, baseball field and skate park that once made it a sporting destination at 4950 W. Ed Mayne Lane in Kearns.
“Now you can go out there and hang out and have lunch and let your kids play on the playground,” Jensen said.
Confluence of the Three Streams Park
Once buried in the garbage, the point at which the Red Butte, Emigration and Parleys streams drain into the Jordan River has been uncovered.
The new Three Creeks Confluence Park, located at 950 W. 1300 South in Glendale, has been transformed into a space with bridges, banks for fishing or enjoying the water and a playground, after an investment of $ 3 million. dollars in Salt Lake City.
More parks in 2022
New parks slated to open next year include two in and near Herriman and two in West Valley City.
K-9 Memorial Dog Park
A 5-acre dog park is planned on Main Street in Herriman in memory of Hondo and Dingo, two K-9 officers who died in action.
Although residents may see a partially completed park this summer, growing the turf to the point that it is sturdy enough for heavy dog traffic will take additional months, said Anthony Teuscher, director of parks and events at Herriman.
The opening date will most likely be in the spring of 2022, he said.
The park should have two main pods with play features like stacked logs, boulders, and agility obstacles. The plans also include shade structures, a trail around the perimeter of the park, and a dog water station.
Bingham Creek Regional Park
Once opened in spring 2022, Bingham Creek Regional Park, located approximately 4800 west and 10200 south in southern Jordan, will be the largest park in Salt Lake County. Phase I is expected to cover approximately 25 acres of the 125 acres the county parks and recreation team is planning.
“This park, when completed, will be a gem. It will be what we call the Sugar House Park of the West, ”Jensen said.
The first phase of the park will include a large playground, six multi-use fields and walking trails. A bicycle pumping track will be “a playground for children and adults on bicycles,” he said. Future phases are expected to include playgrounds, kilometers of hiking trails and more sports fields.
Juniper Canyon Recreation Area
The Juniper Canyon Recreation Area could take a long time to become fully functional. But when completed, it will cover 72 acres connecting the primitive Herriman Hills trail system with two starting points.
Phase I of the project is slated to open in southeast Herriman, off Sentinel Ridge Boulevard, in late 2022 or 2023.
The Herriman Parks and Recreation team plans to have a paved multi-use trail for walking and biking and a circuit training trail with fitness equipment along the way. The preliminary concept includes a separate mountain bike trail with skill features, a pumping trail, and a disc golf course that would replace the Rosecrest course, which was closed in 2018.
West Valley City Parks
West Valley City plans to use community development block grants this summer to create the new Grasmere Park and to begin work on the final phase of the bike park at Centennial Park at 5405 W. 3100 South, according to a presentation by the Director of Parks and Recreation, Nancy Day. to city council this spring.
Grasmere Park’s 1 acre budget is $ 325,000, which will fund picnic tables, a play area and outdoor exercise stations at 3900 S. 1500 West. Construction is expected to begin around August and could be ready to open by spring 2022.
City plans to spend $ 1.1 million to build bike park ahead of estimate opening in the spring of 2022, according to Jason Erekson, deputy director of parks and recreation at West Valley City. It should include asphalt tracks and ramps to help reduce congestion on the park’s existing small pump tracks.
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