There could be space for Fido in Park City Heights
September 4, 2015
The developer of Park City Heights could save some space for Fido.
The project is under construction off Quinn’s Junction and may include a dog park and other park space, a City Hall panel was told on Tuesday. The Recreation Advisory Board visited the Park City Heights site for a brief tour of part of the acreage, including the space where a dog park and other park space is under consideration.
The developers were not present, but staffers described the ideas to the panel as they walked about the site. The dog park and the rest of the park space would be public.
Ken Fisher, the recreation manager for the municipal government, said in an interview afterward Ivory Homes, the developer, will build the park space and then turn it over to the municipal government as part of the overall agreement for the development. Fisher said it is the first such arrangement in Park City that calls for a developer to build park space that will ultimately be owned and operated by City Hall.
The developer will provide 5.7 acres of public park space as part of the agreement, Fisher said. Ivory Homes wants to put a dog park on part of the acreage. The rest of the 5.7 acres would include a playground, a field, a park pavilion and public restrooms, Fisher said.
The land is located along the entryway to Park City Heights and just off the Rail Trail. It will be accessible from the Rail Trail.
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Fisher said officials have held two meetings with the developer about the park space. In late August, the developer showed officials a design that seemed to show a dog park that was smaller than what officials preferred, Fisher said. The dog park appeared to be approximately one quarter of an acre in size while City Hall would prefer it be several acres, he said.
The Recreation Advisory Board and the Park City Council would eventually review a design. Fisher said the elected officials will be required to accept ownership of the park space, meaning that City Hall holds significant influence in the design.
Fisher said the developer is expected to begin construction of the park space in the spring with a timeline calling for completion late in the summer.
The Park City Heights development involves 239 residential units on 239 acres of land. It will have more restricted work force or otherwise affordable units 79 than a typical development of its size would have as a result of City Hall at one time having a 50 percent interest in the project. The municipal government acquired its interest as a means to influence the project to ensure it would offer a large bloc of work force or affordable units. City Hall sold its interest after the project was approved as officials envisioned.
There is one dog park within the Park City limits, located at the Quinn’s Junction recreation complex. It is the only public place in the city where a dog can legally be let off a leash. The dog park, though, has only drawn sporadic crowds, likely a result of the remote location.
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