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West Valley City adding Rocky Ridge to its park landscape

May 02, 2022 09:24PM ● By Travis Barton

By Travis Barton | [email protected]

With Grasmere Park expected to be complete late spring, West Valley City has another park on the way later this year.

Rocky Ridge Park (5250 South Summer Ridge Dr.) had its construction bid unanimously approved in April by the West Valley City Council. Construction is expected to start this spring with an estimated completion date sometime this fall.

The 1.44-acre park will feature a playground, pavilion, picnic tables, benches, walking path, exercise equipment, trees, shrubs, drinking fountain and an open grass area.

Jason Eriksen, assistant parks director, said the playground slide will come down from the hillside taking advantage of the land’s steeper slope.

Councilman Will Whetstone asked if the new parks, including a county park that is now maintained by the city, would stretch resources too thin. Eriksen acknowledged the extra workload on the department but said all their full-time positions are filled and they are looking for seasonal employees now.

The anticipated cost to build the park lands at just under $950,000, with funding coming from park impact fees. Stratton and Brätt Landscapes were scheduled to start construction in mid-April.

Rocky Ridge is just one of a handful of projects for the parks and recreation department. Besides the alluded to Grasmere Park, there is the planned wetland park along Parkway Boulevard at approximately 6600 West which is in the planning and funding phase.

The city is also working on Sunset Hills Wood Hollow Park at 6300 South and about 7000 West. The over three-acres park is under final review right now with its estimated completion date to be fall 2023.

Centennial Park is set to expand its sporting nature with a bike park being built next to the pump track. The $1.15 million project is expected to start construction this summer and be completed this fall.

Newton Farms Park will be another one-acre park at 3600 South and Newton Farms Drive (6555 West), pending funds, construction will begin in 2023.

Other anticipated park projects in the pipeline include:

West View Park addition – 1.25 acres

Brud Drive Park – .52 acres

Brock Family Park – 5 acres

OMH Power Corridor Park – 16.6 acres

Midway Trailhead Park - .5 acres

Veteran Memorial Park – 13.81 acres

Sugar Plum Park – 9.5 acres

UDOT sport field property – 14 acres

Jordan River West Trail Park – 37.73 acres

Crosstown Trail completion