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New 40-acre community park coming to Farmington

Farmington has recently taken steps to start a 40-acre park. Mayor Scott Harbertson and the City Council have announced the project, which will be the largest park in the city when finished.
Farmington has recently taken steps to start a 40-acre park. Mayor Scott Harbertson and the City Council have announced the project, which will be the largest park in the city when finished.
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FARMINGTON — The city has announced plans for a 40-acre park, which will be the largest in the city.

The city bought 20 acres many years ago for the park and recently closed on another abutting 20 acres. Additional negotiations are taking place with some property owners in the immediate area to acquire a few more parcels.

The site is on the west side of 650 West and east of Farmington Creek and the Legacy Events Center near Station Park. When finished, it will include many ball fields, some of which will be lighted allowing for evening play. It will also have restrooms, pavilions, parking lots, a concession stand, and trail connections to multiple trails that surround the site.

The first phase of the park will include some trail connections, storm drainage facilities, soccer fields and a large parking lot. It will also include the buildout of 650 West on the west side of the road to allow for better access to the park site. Farmington hopes to complete final design for the entire area by the end of 2014.

The city has partnered with a charter school that will pay for much of the initial infrastructure improvements and fields needed for the first phase of the park. The school will be located on the northernmost five acres of the parcel and will serve approximately 550 students, in kindergarten through ninth grades.

Groundbreaking for the school and park improvements will occur in mid-December with construction planned to be completed by August 2014. Farmington will get three soccer fields and a large joint-use parking lot built by the charter school at no cost to the taxpayers. The City Council has earmarked the funds from land purchase for the school to be used for future development costs of the remaining portions of the park.

More information on the new school or enrollment questions can be answered by visiting www.AscentUtah.org

There will be construction along 650 West as the road is widened and park improvements are begun in 2014.