The city announces the plans for a new 50-acre park to be located at the corner of 2000 West and Gentile Street. This park will include an abundance of great features including the following:
• Softball/little league baseball and adult softball 4-plex.
The 4-plex includes shaded stadium seating, a center scorekeeper box, and concession stand.
• Multipurpose field that can accommodate baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse etc.
• 4 full-size athletic fields for soccer, football, or lacrosse.
• 16 pickleball courts, which will be able to accommodate tournaments.
• 2 full-size basketball courts that can be split into 4 short courts.
• Large playground area. The type of playground equipment has not been selected, but the plan shows the size, which is approximately 1 acre.
• 4 large pavilions to accommodate parties or family reunions.
• 1 Grand Performance pavilion that will provide a space for dances, musical, and other performances.
• Running/Walking trail. This trail connects to the trail to the east at Stillwater Estates, which connects into Jensen Park and Emigration Trail. It will also be part of the future Great Salt Lake Shoreline trail that will head west toward the lake.
• Grand plaza will feature shaded seating and eating areas for informal leisure space.
The city has a Parks Master Plan that sets goals for recreation and open space for the community.
The goals address issues such as park acreage, park locations, and types of features needed in our parks. Goal #3 of this plan states that the city will have enough space for current recreation programming, plus extra space for future growth.
By 2024, it is projected that some city recreation programs, including youth soccer, baseball, softball, and both tackle and flag football will not have enough space for all participants. This may require the city to turn away participants due to lack of space.
This 50-acre park would help provide that space to accommodate our growing city, and our growing recreation programs. The city has already acquired the land, and the city council is currently looking at different ways to fund the construction of the park.