BOUNTIFUL — Erosion has undermined the “V” that marks the mountainside above Centerville, a landmark installed in tribute to Viewmont High.
Work has begun to remove the growth around the edges of the “V,” stablize it with concrete and improve the trail leading to it.
The “V” was first constructed as a gift of the Viewmont High class of 1973 and is 8-feet wide and 105-feet long.
Restoration work has been planned by Ryan Trump as an Eagle Scout project. Ryan is the youngest grandchild of Robert Trump, the contractor who helped frame and pour the concrete in 1973.
The school’s alumni association, school leaders and the Centerville City Council were approached and are also working to support the improvements.
The first step in the restoration process is to remove brush, weeds and loose gravel along the outside edges and install a wire mesh, work that will be done by scouts, alumni and members of the student body.
For the second phase, Intermountain Gunite Company will pump “shotcrete” through a hose at high speed (like in pool construction), to shore up the base, which has eroded as much as two to three feet in spots.
After that, supporters will install a drainage system, replace dirt, replant native grasses and improve the pathway that leads to the school letter.
Students, parents, faculty and alumni are encouraged to donate to the improvement project.
Tax deductible contributions can be made through the Davis Education Foundation by sending checks with “Save the ‘V’ Project” on the memo line to the foundation at P.O. Box 588, Farmington UT, 84025. Checks can also be dropped off at Viewmont High, 120 W. 100 North in Bountiful. Online donations can be made through daviseducationfoundation.org.