The city's oldest park, Fisher Park, has received approval by the City Council for a new master plan that includes $1.3 million in improvements.
Located at 700 South and 1100 East, the park sits between three schools - Clearfield High, South Clearfield Elementary and North Davis Junior High - and the municipal swimming pool.City parks director Tracy Heun said the park, built in the 1920s, has had numerous improvements over the years but has no real focal point.
Among proposed additions are two large boweries, a walking/jogging path, more parking, a skateboard facility and centrally located restrooms.
"I think it's going to be a wonderful facility," Heun said. "It will enhance what's there."
The council has yet to allocate any money for the improvements. Heun said the master plan is broken down into phases and she hopes at least some starter money will be appropriated by the council for the fiscal year that begins in July.
Ideally, she'd like to have the improvements completed in the next three years.
She said the park, at 15 acres, is second largest of Clearfield's nine parks. Only Steed Park is bigger, at 20 acres. However, Fisher is the city's most centrally located park and also hosts the city's three largest events each year, including the Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July Celebration and the summer Car Show.
As it is now, the park is heavily used, but facilities such as restrooms aren't conveniently located.
Heun said the park has only 80 parking stalls now, but the improvements would boost that to more than 300. No more acreage can be added to the park, but the space can be better utilized, she said.
In addition, she said, the park will become more of a co-use facility after the improvements, with the elementary and junior highs utilizing it more.
Many people like to picnic on the north end of the park and that area and some nearby playgrounds would be improved.
Heun said the city also has purchased a portable outdoor roller hockey rink but has nowhere to set it up. The new parking lot areas of Fisher Park would be an ideal place for it.
Fisher Park was named for Bernard Fisher, the city's only Medal of Honor recipient.