KAYSVILLE -- At a time when cities are trying to stretch dollars and curb spending, Kaysville has received a cash donation of $280,000 from a local family.
The city plans to use the money to make significant upgrades to Heritage Park.
The donors want to remain anonymous.
"This is the largest cash donation I have ever seen given to the city," said Kaysville Parks and Recreation Supervisor Vance Garfield, who has been with the city for 28 years.
The money will be used to build a splash pad and restrooms in Heritage Park, at the corner of Fairfield and Crestwood roads.
The park is where the old Clover Club potato chip factory stood for years.
The projected size of the splash pad will be about 3,000 square feet, Garfield said.
"That seems to be the norm," he said.
The hope is that the splash pad, along with the recent lighting and walkways installed in the park from an earlier $100,000 donation from Zions Bank, will make the 4.25-acre park a gathering place, Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said.
"This splash pad will be a feature in the park and will be free to use," Hiatt said.
Had the city not received the donation, it would have taken years to generate the funding needed to add a splash pad to that park, Hiatt said.
Hiatt said the donation is "the purest form of charity."
He hopes the splash pad will be open by Memorial Day, but concedes that goal may be a bit optimistic because the design has yet to be completed.
"We're still in the fact-finding mode," Garfield said of what water features the splash pad will have.
JUB Engineering, of Kaysville, has agreed to donate its services to design the splash pad.