But that, in fact, was only just the beginning.
Since that time, benches, trees, a walkway and lighting have been added, and by next summer, the park will have a splash pad and restrooms as well.
“You just can’t go in and do it quick and we’re used to that,” said Vance Garfield, Parks and Recreation director.
Because of funding constraints, improvements have been phased in over time, largely thanks to private donations.
When it came time to install the grass, the city didn’t have enough money for sod, he said. “Dick Bowman gave the last $5,000 and we sodded it – that’s why the grass is so great.”
Thirty-three trees and nine benches have also been donated, with markers at each recognizing those being honored.
The trail that encircles the park and the lights along its border came as a result of a $100,000 donation from Zions Bank.
A family that requested anonymity recently donated $280,000 more for the addition of a splash pad and restrooms.
The park has a unique emphasis in that it is not for organized sports, but instead for families, according to Mayor Steve Hiatt.
“Elected leaders, including both Mayor (Brian) Cook and Mayor (Neka) Roundy and their councils and community members had the vision and saw that Heritage Park could be a great gathering place,” he said. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to take that vision to the next level and both leaders and residents and businesses are sharing in the effort to make that vision a reality.”
Garfield added that the charge from city councils over the years has been to make the park a place for people to gather.
“Kaysville residents and their friends really responded to it,” he said. “We’re very much surprised by the participation.”
Over the past year, the city has sponsored an Arts and Music event in June, animated movie nights in the summer that brought around 500 people per showing, and a Monster Mash and Dash in October.
“We’re looking at a car show next year to add to that,” he said.
In the future, Garfield said improvements will focus more on the city’s heritage, for which the park was named.
Already, street signs remind residents of Kaysville’s history, such as the west stretch known as “Bamberger Railroad,” and the north as “Cemetery Street,” denoting what the streets around the park used to be called.
There are 22 different history-related items that will be added, he said, including interpretive signage.
Plans are in place for a planter bed in the shape of a clover club, to recognize the potato chip factory that used to be on the site.
They also include projects that will remind residents of the Alberta peach that was developed by a Kaysville resident, a mill wheel that was once nearby and a toll bridge once manned in Kaysville by the Gailey family.
There are plans for a fire pit landscaped with old brick in memory of the brick factory once situated in town, he said, and benches around the playground will be etched with old-fashioned playground scenes of jumping rope, teeter totters and wire-rim wheel and stick toys, to emphasize the theme of heritage.
Garfield said Kaysville’s nine parks are a great addition to the community.
He said Angel Street Park’s five soccer fields are unique. “I don’t know of another city locally that has a park just dedicated to soccer,” he said. “We had to do it because we registered some of the highest numbers in northern Utah.”
That park was the fastest one the city’s put in, he said. “The stars aligned properly in a fun way.” Angel Street’s 17-acres also includes the city’s arboretum where 200 trees, including 97 varieties, are showcased.