FARR WEST -- Following a public hearing regarding future projects for Farr West, council members prioritized the projects, putting the need for a bridge and safety sidewalk for school students at the top of the list.
In anticipation of the construction of the new junior high school on 2000 West, council members agreed that a bridge over the canal and a safety sidewalk with curb and gutter should be built on 2700 North.
The cost for the project was estimated at $200,000.
Following, in order of importance, was the land purchase and development of North Park at 4000 North, a project that will include approximately 40 acres.
Next on the list is a trails network to snake through Farr West, connecting existing parks.
The city also plans to expand the senior center, adding a wood shop and stained-glass area that does not need to be taken down and set up again.
Last in importance on the list, but still a project to be considered, is a splash pad.
Councilwoman Ava Painter said the cost to build a splash pad would be about $150,000 to $200,000, and an expansion of the senior center would be about $150,000.
Painter also said North Park could be developed in phases, with Phase 1 to include the land purchase and the park plan and Phase 2 to include landscaping, a fence, parking and a walking path. Phase 3 would include a sport court, bowery, playground and restroom, and Phase 4 would include a tennis court and possibly a dog park.
Painter said the order of the items reflected what residents thought was important during the public hearing. She also said none of the items are set in stone and can be tweaked as they progress; however, to apply for grants, such as the CDBG and RAMP grant, the city must have a project list.
Planning Commissioner John Stewart said he agreed the sidewalk should be a priority for the city and said the city should also look at UDOT and any other source of funding it could get on the project.