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Park might become a UTA parking lot

SOUTH SALT LAKE (Deseret News) — A corner of paradise tucked into the city's industrial west side could soon be paved over to make way for a Utah Transit Authority parking lot and repair center expansion.

Workman Park, 2350 S. 910 West, lies between acres of paving and several factories and warehouses, one of which was recently purchased by UTA for a light-rail train repair station to serve three new lines under construction.

A rainbow of overgrown wildflowers makes the small park's entrance hard to find, but the ball diamond and soccer field inside are used regularly.

"It's like this little hidden gem," said Leissa Roberts, whose 12-year-old son uses the space for baseball games. "Why they would want to do away with green space is beyond me. It's environmentally unconscionable."

Outgoing South Salt Lake Mayor Bob Gray has promised he won't let go of the park unless the city gets something better in return.

City attorney Dave Carlson, who has negotiated the potential sale with UTA, echoed the mayor's comments.

South Salt Lake will move forward with a property sale only if it can get enough money to purchase land more centrally located within the city, he said, calling the discussions preliminary. Original Article

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