Building New Parks for Safety In Kearns
Posted by Ben McAdams
May 28, 2014
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A few weeks ago, I joined community leaders and a demolition crew to begin the first step in the process to create a new, safe park for Kearns families and kids.
The park, formally known as Bruce Field, was once a vibrant community gathering place where kids played baseball and families gathered. During my visit, the park looked far from a place I would want to take my kids to play. Over the years, a lack of funding for upkeep allowed it to deteriorate and attract criminal activity. The Unified Police Department recognized the safety concerns and enlisted the support of Salt Lake County, the Kearns Pony League, and the Salt Lake Honorary Colonels. The Kearns Pony League donated the land to the county in exchange for Salt Lake County Township Services’ project management and a $1 million investment in the Kearns community.
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation will provide expertise in developing parks and serve as caretakers of the finished park.
I look forward to the day next summer when the reward of our collaborative efforts will be realized, and parents can once again feel safe bringing their kids to a park that is not only new and approved, but also represents a little bit of history for the Kearns residents who remember it from their own youth.
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