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Planned park could remain open space area

 (Draper Journal) Salt Lake County officials are planning to develop 64 acres in Draper for use as a public park.

Draper City Engineer Brad Jensen said plans should include community gardens, space for wildlife viewing, public biking, hiking and walking trails, picnic areas, areas for organized sports and the conservation of wetlands, ponds, wet meadows and streams on the property.

Public pavilions, restrooms and a parking lot would also be constructed for residents visiting the park.

The property, located near 13800 South 300 East, was formerly a farm owned by the Wheadon family.

In 2008 the farm was sold to Salt Lake County for $5 million. Before the Wheadons sold the family farm they placed a legal condition on the sale to ensure the property would remain open space for public use.

"Generally, a conservation easement is placed on a piece of property when the owner wants to protect it from certain types of development or development altogether," Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation official Lynn Larsen said. "That was the Wheadon family's desire, was to try and preserve the property in a certain manner. They chose to put a conservation easement on the property."

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