April 29, 2014
Kearns safety project begins with demolition of crime-prone park.
Michelle Schmitt -
Kearns, UT—Sheriff Winder, Mayor McAdams and Salt Lake County Township Executive Patrick Leary are joining community members to begin the demolition of a dilapidated park that attracted crime to a Kearns neighborhood. The demolition of Bruce Field is the first step in the transition to a new multipurpose field and playground that is safe, modern and inviting to families and children.
“The renovation of Bruce Field is a prime example of how we can better serve our community. Through an innovative approach to mitigate criminal activity and provide youth productive, healthy opportunities we create a family friendly environment where kids learn skills and enjoy fun activities,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
“Salt Lake County worked collaboratively both in and outside county government to address a public safety problem in the Kearns Township,” said Mayor McAdams.
Mayor McAdams says that community involvement was crucial to getting this project off the ground. 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 Township Services’ project management and $1 million investment in the Kearns community, and Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation’s expertise in developing parks.
“When added crime is the cost of a forgotten ball park, we must act quickly to fix the problem,” said Salt Lake County Township Executive Patrick Leary. “The Bruce Field project gives Township Services the opportunity to turn what was a public safety concern into a community asset for Kearns families.”
Sheriff Winder says the Honorary Colonels – group of community members committed to giving their time, financial support and subject matter expertise to projects that will improve public safety – provided more than $30,000 in pro-bono legal assistance and cash donations, including paying for the cost of the demolition.
The new multipurpose field and playground to replace Bruce Field will be open to the public by summer 2015.
“Before” photos and updates on the Bruce Field renovation can be found at slco.org/townships.