Though discussions have been held, the North Salt Lake City Council is holding off a decision on what to do with the currently open acreage on the city’s east side until they can hold a series of open houses/public hearings to get the residents’ opinion on what it should be.
Though the public hearings haven’t yet been scheduled, there will likely be three held – one on the east side, on the west side, and one in the city’s center.
“We want to find out what the people want up there,” said North Salt Lake Council Member Stan Porter. The acreage comes from the 2007 settlement of a lawsuit between North Salt Lake and Salt Lake over who controlled approximately 90 acres in the same area.
The council has hired a firm to draw up several conceptual plans for the property, which include different styles of public park and the option of a cemetery in that space.
Some of the park variations that will likely receive a fuller treatment include a native park with a parking lot and trails, a five-acre developed park with a pavilion, tot lot, parking lot, and grassed play area, a smaller version of the developed park, and no development at all.
The conceptual plans will be presented and explained at the different public hearings. Though some have already shared their opinions on the space, the council wants to get everyone’s opinion and figure out where the majority falls.
“There are those who are concerned if we do anything but an open space park,” said Porter, citing some people who have already spoken out for the no development option. “Then there are others who just want a cemetery, but really don’t care where it is.”
Other developments, however, won’t have to wait. One decision that has already been made about the area is to include a buck and rail fence near the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
The fence, which is being paid for by Salt Lake City thanks to an agreement between the two cities, will have an opening big enough for hikers and bikers but small enough to help keep cars from attempting to break the rules and use the trail.
“They shouldn’t be up there anyway,” said Porter, referring to the cars and other vehicles. “This will help keep them from ruining the trail.”