If Draper prison goes, put a park in its place

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    I wonder if there's room for a park AND for some business development for the city of Bluffdale?

    I mean Lehi and Draper have quite a few office buildings, stores, hotels and other businesses right along the freeway with Bluffdale wedged right in between them. Would it be a crime if Bluffdale had a business or two? I mean that's what allows a city to grow and be financially stable (having some tax paying businesses in the city).

    It will be interesting to see how the point of the mountain area changes over the next 50 years. I personally don't think it's a pretty place right now (and the prison isn't the only eye offending thing going on there). The Staker plant tuning that mountain into asphalt on the other side of the street is also not very pretty.

    I think it would be nice to see a park along the river, but also some businesses (like they have in South Jordan). And if they developed a few new neighborhoods out there... that wouldn't' offend the heck out of me either.

  • Cougar11 Highland, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 11:39 p.m.

    I'm all in for a major park that can become part of the Utah story. Our state is very attractive to new businesses moving in. Take this opportunity to build a treasure that will add to the atmosphere of Utah. It will generate tax revenue as well as be a beacon for outsiders to move more businesses to our community.

    Let's do it. I will pony up.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    We have no problem with the business park growing around the Thanksgiving Point area around near the freeway in Lehi (just the other side of the point). Draper and Sandy have similar business districts. What would be so horrible if Bluffdale also had a business district, office buildings, a mall, or even a car dealership?

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    It doesn't take a Mensa level IQ to know that a MegaMall will replace the prison in Bluffdale.

    And maybe for diversity, a car dealership or 6.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    I don't think you need to go all the way to OSLO, Norway, or Europe to find examples of large parks in the middle of big cities. How about Central Park in NYC? Or Grant Park in Chicago? Or Liberty Park in SLC?

    SLC doesn't have a big mega-park in our down-town, but we have many small parks in all our communities. I think THAT is a good thing, so everybody doesn't have to drive or find public transportation (causing more air pollution) to get down-town to access the park.

    IMO a huge park in Bluffdale would be a GREAT thing. But think about some realities associated with doing that...

    -How would that effect Bluffdale, and their ability to build a business tax base for their people? Most cities need a vibrant business district as their tax base.

    -If we make the land a park... the State can't use the $$$ from selling it to fund construction of the NEW prison. Meaning we get to fund purchasing that new land and construction 100% with taxes taken from you and me (instead of from selling the OLD facility to developers).

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    We have an amazing, but underutilized public park that covers two counties. The Jordan River Parkway is a great place to get together for a walk, jog, barbecue, volleyball game, and other activities. I would suggest that if part of the prison were to be converted into a park, let's connect it to the already-existing Jordan River Parkway.

    I have thought for years that the cities don't do enough with what we already have. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Jordan River Parkway night some time in the summer that had arts and food exhibits at stops within the different communities it touches? How great would it be to stroll from Draper to Salt Lake City and experience communities--Riverton, Midvale, West Jordan, Murray, Taylorsville, Millcreek, and Salt Lake City--all come together for a big summer event.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2013 5:05 a.m.

    Yes, this is a great position. All the lobbyists for the developers will contribute I am sure.