BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE - It is the view that impresses Josh Miller and his wife, Rebekah.
It is the chance to be active in the outdoors with his children that drew Travis Castillon and his wife, Crystal.
The families were part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Tunnel Springs Park at the south end of North Salt Lake City’s bench.
Tennis courts, a playground, restrooms, a grassy field and a covered pavilion are all included in the new park.
It is a project that has taken years, according to city leaders. The area was originally slated for a city cemetery, but an unusually high water table made that impossible.
“There are springs everywhere,” said Stan Porter, city councilman. Water rights were one reason the city purchased the land.
The water table is just three feet below the surface, and is almost an underground lake, he said.
Ten of the 20 acres owned by the city have been developed for the park.
“It’s turned out beautifully,” said Mayor Len Arave prior to cutting the ribbon with other city leaders and construction officials. “It’s a wonderful setting with beautiful views, and a great asset to our community.”
Miller, who just moved into North Salt Lake, said he likes the park for its walking trails and playground.
“The view is definitely a draw,” said Miller. “I don’t think there’s a better location” for a park.
As his three children played nearby, Castillon said parks provide a great bonus to neighborhoods, encouraging an active lifestyle for families.
“I think we need more of this kind of stuff,” he said.
The park is located at 1080 S. Eaglepointe Drive, very near the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.