Layton City’s newest recreational asset -- Heritage Park -- an urban park space, was officially opened to the public Sept. 30th.
Located behind Best Western Plus Hotel, at about 798 West, and in between 1425 South and Heritage Park Boulevard, this mini park boasts a lighted loop path, newly planted trees, a grass area and a small pond. MacCool's Restaurant is located on the north side of the park.
Now in phase one of its development, Heritage Park will eventually include benches, picnic tables and some awnings.
The park was a joint project between Layton City and Davis County.
“These kind of projects are a real lot of fun,” John Petroff, Jr., Davis County Commission Chair, said.
He stressed that much can be accomplished when two entities work together for the public’s welfare.
“This is a very exciting time for me,” Layton Mayor Steve Curtis said.
He noted that this project shows the vitality of Layton and this Heritage Park is where the community can come together.
“It’s paid for,” Mayor Curtis said. “The City’s philosophy is we don’t build anything until it’s paid for.”
Layton City and Davis County not only shared funds for the new park, but also equipment and manpower.
Dave Price, Layton City Parks and Recreation Director, said utility easements were also secured from local businesses to make the project a reality, so it was a collaboration.
The park’s path connects area businesses and hotels. This path will also be eventually extended in the future to connect the Layton Hills Mall with the retail area south of Antelope Drive.
Area businesses are excited for the project to become a reality because previously the park space was an unsightly hole where trash would accumulate.
The bottom of the park will also act as a water detention basin, when there is heavy storm runoff.