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Public input wanted for park development

(Draper Journal) Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring an open house to share alternative park development concept plans for Wheadon Farm, a 64-acre parcel of land located east of Bangerter Parkway and south of and adjacent to 13800 South in Draper. The meeting is intended to provide County residents the opportunity to comment on proposed options for use of the land.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Draper City Council Chambers, 1020 East Pioneer Rd.

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation representatives will be gathering feedback from residents.

The Gene and Deane Wheadon Farm was a working farm from the early 1900s until 1997 when a conservation easement was placed on the property by the Wheadons. This easement is held by the Utah Open Lands Conservation Association, Inc.

In 2008 Salt Lake County purchased the 64-acre farm with Park Bond money for $5 million with the intent of providing public use of the land in a manner consistent with the easement’s conservation values.

The planning of this valuable public parkland is guided by the Land Preservation Easement that is in place. This document protects the land from inappropriate development and identifies the permitted uses and activities that can occur on the property. For more information contact Lynn Larsen, park planner and project manager, at 801-468-2589. You can also visit www.recreation.slco.org.

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