LAYTON - A change in the view makes all the difference, a hotel executive says of the city's newest park.
Merrill Pitcher of Layton Park Hotel says guests staying at the Best Western in downtown Layton are now requesting a room with a view and window to the north, where city and county officials unveiled the city's newest park on Monday.
That's a significant change from when the project opened 11 months ago and the view was less inviting.
The park, known as Heritage Park, turned a swamp area crammed with weeds into a showcase with lush grass, a nice trail and the future for even more amenities. The project included construction of a sidewalk, light fixtures, landscaping, landscape irrigation, bridges and one entry node around a detention basin on two acres west of the Hilton Home-2 Suites and east of the Best Western Hotel.
The trail is the beginning of a pathway city officials hope will eventually link most of the downtown together for pedestrian access to different services. It is phase one of an urban walkway, according to Scott Carter, special projects manager for the city.
Kent Sulser, county director of community and economic development, said he envisions the group taking the trail farther west in the direction of movie theaters in the area.
The project is a collaborative effort between the city and Davis County.
"These kinds of projects are a lot of fun. It's fun to work together. Citizen dollars have been well spent," Commissioner John Petroff said. County officials provided some funding for the project but also provided heavy equipment to do excavation of the park.
Mayor Steve Curtis said the park will be developed even further and he envisions awnings, park benches and potentially picnic tables dotting the grassy area. He praised the combined effort of the city and county in making the project a reality.