new park planned

Serve Daily - - INSIDE - By Me­gan Wall­gren­for Serve Daily

FORK — Span­ish Fork re­cent- ly an­nounced the pur­chase of 65 acres in the city's river bot­toms area along 1100 East (Poplar Lane or Tree Line Road). Fu­ture plans for the area in­clude a re- gional park and open space. Cou­pled with 41 acres the city al­ready had in the area, the Mayor and city coun­cil see this as a long-term in­vest­ment in pre­serv­ing open space, some­thing the pub­lic has been push­ing for.

Right away, the city will be de­velop- ing a trail along 1100 East be­tween Riv- er Bot­toms Road and the Span­ish Fork River Trail. The new trail is ex­pected to be paved by late fall of this year, or early next year. It will con­nect to both the riv- er trail and to a planned trail along 1400 East.

The city an­tic­i­pates th­ese ameni­ties will make trav­el­ing along 1100 E and trail use safer.

A park­ing lot and re­strooms will be con­structed to serve as a trail dead to the Span­ish Fork River trail. This is ex­pect- ed to be com­pleted by next sum­mer or fall and will help al­le­vi­ate park­ing along 1100 E.

Con­struc­tions of the re­gional park will be farther into the fu­ture. Un­til then, the city an­tic­i­pates the land will con­tinue to be cul­ti­vated for al­falfa, corn and wheat.

Re­ac­tion to the an­nounce­ment on Span­ish Fork's Face­book page was over- whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

MW Brown posted, "Won­der­ful news!! Truly a city of pride and progress. Pre- serv­ing the old with an eye to the fu­ture. Thank you!!"

Jen­nifer Atkin­son posted, "The river trail is the best thing in Span­ish Fork! Yay for the city for in­vest­ing in im­prove­ments to make it even bet­ter!"

Photo: Span­ish Fork City

Land in the Span­ish Fork River Bot­toms.

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