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City Hall Park plans stir controversy

(Cottonwood/Holladay Journal) -- The opinions were passionate and plentiful during a public hearing regarding proposed plans for Holladay’s City Hall Park and the fire station on April 23.

The small area master plan was originally laid out to the city council on Feb. 19. With input from the planning commission and the council, project architects James Glascock and Curtis Tanner came up with a design to use the entire site as a true multi-purpose venue. After the open house on March 10, and a public hearing at the planning commission on March 17, plans were tweaked and the most updated design was distributed for the city council public hearing.

“The concept for the plan was to provide many different activities for a variety of citizen use; whether it be a farmer’s market, a family reunion venue, organized and non-organized sports,” said Glascock.

During the course of the designing sessions it became evident that to further maximize the space on the property, the option to relocate the fire station to the property on Murray-Holladay Rd, where the community garden currently sits was a possibility.

“We looked at traffic patterns as well as the historic Casto home and tried to accommodate as much space as we could for the community garden,” said Glascock.

Doug Stark, co-founder of the Holladay Community Garden, spoke on behalf of avid resident gardeners and recent transplants from Burundi that have started planting at the garden as part of a Salt Lake County pilot program to foster self-reliance in refugees.

“My perspective of the plans is they do not accommodate the community garden and the needs and desires of the citizens of Holladay,” said Stark. “How many ballparks does our city really need?”

State Rep. Carol Spackman Moss was in attendance and in support of the community gardens in the city.

“We have different demographics in Holladay that we are really not reaching, but could through community gardening,” said Moss. “What a model the city of Holladay could be to support community gardening. It sets the standards for sustainability.”

Sports enthusiasts represented the other side of the coin. Mark Lamborn, a parent representative of Olympus High Lacrosse program, urged the council to consider the need for athletic fields in the city, relocate the fire station and use the property for organized sports such as lacrosse. Original Article