City officials held a construction kickoff last weekend on the site of the new park, located at 1100 N. and 1100 West in North Salt Lake. During the kickoff residents were given a glimpse at the final design for the new park, which will feature elements including a splash pad and a bathroom for both park patrons and those nearby on the Legacy Parkway Trail.
“It’s a spectacular site,” said Robert Franson, head of the Parks and Trails Advisory Board. Before the recent snow, crews had spent the last few weeks preparing the ground for the new park, and will continue to work on utilities weather permitting.
One of the features included in the design for the new park is a splash pad, a platform full of small fountains like the one in Gateway Mall in Salt Lake. “It’s not as big as the one at Gateway, because we don’t have the kind of budget the Olympics had,” said Franson. “But it should still be fun.”
The city is also planning to include a bathroom next to the splash pad that can also be used by the people on the Legacy Parkway Trail, an addition that city officials hope will help combat the lack of bathrooms on the trail itself.
“UDOT kind of overlooked that when they were working on their trail,” said Franson, citing a common complaint among trail users. Currently, the city has posted temporary bathrooms by the Center Street trailhead. “Hopefully, this will help mitigate the issue.”
Woods Cross has signed an agreement with North Salt Lake to help with maintenance on the park.