The first in a series of public hearings on what to do with land made available by the planned closure of Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City will be held April 7, it was announced by the co-chairmen of the Fort Douglas Community Task Force.

"We want to know what the community would like to see happen to the fort . . . that's the main goal of the hearing," said Emilie Charles, executive assistant to Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis, who is co-chairman of the task force.DePaulis along with Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah; and Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch, both R-Utah; are co-chairing the committee.

Topics expected to be discussed include the future of the cemetery at Fort Douglas, the role of the the 96th Reserve Command and water management issues, the task force said in a prepared release.

Gov. Norm Bangerter, Hatch, University of Utah President Chase Peterson and Salt Lake County Commission Chairman Mike Stewart will attend the hearing.

Owens said the likelihood is increasing that Fort Douglas will be partially closed. The base is one of 86 approved for closure by the U.S. Defense Department as a cost-cutting measure.

Congress must first approve or reject the entire base closure package, recommended by the Commission on Base Realignment and Closure.

Representatives from the Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment and the Army Corps of Engineers also will be at the task force meeting. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the Salt Lake County Commission chambers, 2001 S. State Street.