At Sugar House Community Council’s most recent Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) committee meeting, attendees heard updates on two Sugar House neighborhood (part of Salt Lake City) parks.
Parley’s Way Park
Wilshire area (part of the Country Club neighborhood (see map defining Sugar House Neighborhoods) resident and committee member Jan Brittain stated that the park would soon be receiving new playground equipment as well as an updated irrigation system.
Although Salt Lake City’s website currently refers to this park as Parley’s Way Park (not to be confused with Parley’s Historic Nature Park), Brittain states it is often called Wilshire or Bentley Park as well. Apparently, none of these names are official since Rick Graham, Director, Public Services Department, informed Brittain that SLC is presently formulating a ‘park naming policy,’ and, when completed, residents may suggest an official park name in line with that policy.
Some have suggested naming the park after its soon-to-be neighbor on the other side of Parley’s Way, Walmart. However, that seems unlikely given the recent opposition of much of the Wilshire Neighborhood to the retailer’s request for the rezoning that would enable them to build new, rather than remodel.
Still, Walmart’s reputation for providing financial assistance to community projects in which its stores do business or anticipate doing business, e.g., its $25,000 contribution last year to saving the Sugar House Park fireworks celebration in 2010, a park-naming gesture could potentially benefit the park. SLC’s budget remains tight. To date, park maintenance at the Parley’s Way Park has most often been accomplished by the generosity of the local Boy Scout troop as a service project.
What does seem likely is that given Walmart’s policy of allowing all-in one trailers to camp overnight in its lots, when the Parley’s Way Walmart opens, many travelers will make their way across the street to enjoy the park for picnicking and a chance to let any accompanying children and pets get some exercise.
At present, both the park name and the status of Wal-Mart’s plans, i.e., pursuing rezoning through the City Council or remodeling the existing building remain unknown.
What is presently referred to as the proposed Imperial Park, is just that—proposed as to both park and name. Residents in the Wilford Neighborhood have been raising funds, which the City has committed to matching, to purchase property currently owned by the LDS Church on the corner intersection of Atkin Avenue and Fillmore Street, where an LDS ward once stood. Thus far they have raised only $22,000, including $1,500 from a matching grant fund–a far cry from the nearly $500,000 needed to purchase the site, with matching City funds. Residents are planning a fund raising book sale on May 22 similar to one conducted last year.
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