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West Jordan to study soccer field land use

WEST JORDAN (Deseret News) — The City Council is slated to approve a $15,000 contract for a study of soccer fields near Salt Lake City's secondary airport.

The study will look at 23 existing fields and 53 acres of undeveloped property to determine the land's best use. The inquiry is expected to be finished by mid-March.

The land near 4000 West and 7800 South is used primarily for tournament and league soccer play, according to West Jordan public works director Wendell Rigby. Each year, about six of the soccer fields there are left unused so they can recover from heavy use.

West Jordan maintains the fields, but they are owned by Salt Lake City. The property cannot be used for buildings because it is part of the nearby airport's runway protection zone, said West Jordan project manager Jim Riding.

The contract has been awarded to Logan Simpson Design, known locally for its work on the Salt Lake County Dog Park Master Plan and the West Jordan Trail System Improvements study.

"I think we're mainly looking at soccer fields," Rigby said. "We want to see how many fields we could actually create there."

No funds have been set aside for the creation of new fields, he said. The $15,000 cost of the study is being paid from the West Jordan parks budget.

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