Chelsea Park subdivision, 2700 West and Gordon Avenue, will literally live up to its name in a few years when an actual park complements one of Layton's newest housing developments.
However, some residents of northeast Layton still are anxious for a park of their own.City Manager Alex Jensen said an eight-acre park will be developed in Chelsea Park at 2675 W. 1350 North within the next two to three years.
Woodside Homes, developer of Chelsea Park, has donated four acres to the city for a park that would double as a storm water retention basin.
In addition, the City Council on June 4 approved spending $100,000 to purchase another four acres from Woodside to secure enough park land.
Jensen said it would be a neighborhood park. He said the city will be developing the park after completing the E.P. Ellison Park, a 45-acre park now under construction near 2200 West and Hill Field Road. The two parks are only about one mile apart.
Several residents of the LaDonna Mesa subdivision, near U-193 at 2700 East, have complained to the City Council about the lack of a park in their area. Other than the grounds of Mountain View Elementary School, the closest park to their homes is Adams Park. Although it is only a mile away as the bird flies, the lack of a direct route to Adams Park means it is more than two miles away by road.
More than 150 residents have signed a petition requesting a park in the area.
Mayor Jerry Stevenson said the city hopes to purchase future park land just west of LaDonna Mesa. That purchase will be completed in the near future as the city works to develop a 200-acre site of business research park land, located north of Highway 193 and east of Hill Air Force Base.
In a related issue, Jensen said the so-called "sledding hill," found just east of U-193 at about 1600 East, is still private land.
"You're legally trespassing," he said of those who use that vacant land for snow sledding or for four-wheelers.
He said the owner is concerned about liability problems from public use of the property.
"It causes stress and heartburn for her (the owner)," Jensen said.
Stevenson said Layton used to have its own special sledding hill some years ago but discontinued the practice because of liability concern.