The city council recently voted to issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 13 acre regional park being planned for the Foxboro North area, as well as start on grading.
Though city staff donít expect to get much further than completion of the grading before next spring, the shape of the park is currently coming together.
ìWe can move forward with the major design,î said council member and interim mayor pro-tem Matt Hardy. ìThe finer details can be discussed later.î
Current designs for the park include three boweries, more than 200 parking stalls, two soccer fields, a lacrosse field, and a tot playing area.
There is also at least one basketball court included in the plans, and the North Salt Lake Planning Commission recently recommended that one of the boweries be moved to make room for two basketball courts.
Another aspect of the park currently in the plans but still under official debate from the council is a feature referred to as a splash pad.
Other than it being a water feature kids could play in there are no specific plans for what it might look like, with suggestions ranging from a single stream of water to the more popular playing fountain similar to the one at Gateway Mall in Salt Lake. Unfortunately, there is also a chance that the upkeep issues of any kind of water feature may keep it out of the park entirely.
ìIíve worked with a lot of water features, and all of them are pretty high maintenance,î said council member Brian Horrocks.
Still, the council still sees the possibility for a splash pad of some kind, and is currently working through possibilities to help with the maintenance and upkeep.
One of these possibilities is to have residents buy bricks that would be used in the splash pad, which some members see as symbolic of the effect the pad would have on the city has a whole.
ìIt would bring our community together in a way nothing else would,î said Hardy. ìIt would do wonders for drawing everyone together.î