KAYSVILLE -- The same Davis County family who anonymously donated $280,000 to Kaysville city for the new splash pad that opened about a year ago has donated an additional $150,000 to the city to build near it a European-style playground.
The family's contribution to the city to develop the property at 2nd North and Fairfield Road, the old Clover Club factory site, now totals $430,000, Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said.
It is the intent of the city to have the new playground open by Oct. 1, he said.
This family has gone "above and beyond" what anyone would expect of its citizenry, and their desire to offer such donations and remain anonymous speaks to their character, Hiatt said.
The private donation to the city was recently made after members of the donating family visited the area surrounding the splash pad and determined a playground was needed sooner than later, Hiatt said.
The city at that time informed the family that it did have plans to put a playground on that particular parcel of property, and that city officials were in the process of trying to budget $150,000 for the project.
The day following that conversation with the family, a family member made a $150,000 donation to the city to build the playground, Hiatt said.
There are times, Hiatt said, he wishes he could publicly share the name of the gracious donors in order to allow the public to thank them.
The playground, currently in its design phase, will be constructed due north of the picnic pavilion, with the donation paying for the playground's concrete border, rubberized surface, playground apparatus, lights and an 8-foot sidewalk connecting the playground with the nearby splash pad, said Vance Garfield, Kaysville Parks and Recreation supervisor.
"The playground will have a European influence," a project made possible by the generosity of the donor, Garfield said.
"This family is beyond incredible. Humble, sweet and non-assuming."