Park upgrades include resurfaced pickleball courts and water-wise landscaping

By Sarah Morton Taggart | [email protected]

On a sunny night in September, the Sandy City Council took
a tour of recreation amenities and parks. They observed what upgrades are becoming
completed to support citizens continue to be active although conserving methods.

In accordance to its website, the Sandy Parks Department is
applying conservation practices like intelligent controllers, zone checks and
regular water audits to minimize overall h2o usage by 10%. Good
irrigation controllers regulate watering schedules in relation to temperature,
evaporation, and plant h2o use — in its place of a timer. This implies you’re a lot less
possible to see sprinklers operating in the rain.

With just just one h2o-wise job, Sandy Metropolis saved 400,000
gallons of drinking water past 12 months. Thirsty grass was replaced with trees and shrubs in
the median involving the north and southbound lanes on 1300 East in between 9400
South and 11000 South. Perennial plants like Russian sage even now need drinking water —
just considerably less of it. They’re also very good for honeybees and other pollinators.

Crescent Park, situated at 11150 Vista Way around Crescent Check out
Center School, also got an update. One particular segment of grass was taken out and
changed with a rockscape. In which at the time there was turf, now there are modest rocks
and shrubs with some much larger boulders that are perfect to lean on.

Just east of the rockscape are freshly-resurfaced pickleball
and tennis courts.

“No a person played on these tennis courts two years ago,” explained
Dan Medina, the director of parks and recreation for Sandy Town.

They have been becoming applied that evening. Also packed have been the
baseball diamonds, in which an grownup softball league was actively playing beneath
freshly-mounted lights. The lights are activated by a button and flip off
routinely following a established amount of money of time, which will use much less electric power.

“The LED lights will ordinarily help save a minimal of 50% for
power and routine maintenance expense of the HID lights that we are replacing,” Medina
explained. “The lights have a guarantee and the courtroom won’t will need resurfacing once more
for 15-20 many years.”

Pickleball is a preferred activity that brings together features from
tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It’s played at a slower tempo than tennis, so
people today of more ages and talents truly feel comfortable participating in it. Sandy has 17
pickleball courts dispersed across Crescent, Dewey Bluth, Alta Canyon and
Flat Iron Mesa parks.

Aside from the courts, Sandy’s parks provide a range of
alternatives for athletics, which includes soccer, baseball, basketball and volleyball
as effectively as other types of recreation, like splash pads and a skate park.

Sandy has 46 parks, which functions out to be 1 park for each
2,000 citizens. Seventy-two percent of Sandy people reside within a 10-moment
wander of a park, according to The Believe in for Public Land, a national parks and
land conservation organization. In neighboring Midvale, only 36% of citizens
are living that shut to a park.

A community of walking/biking trails is yet another way for Sandy
citizens to create recreation into their life.

In September, Sandy Town held a ribbon-reducing ceremony for
the accomplished Porter Rockwell Path. The path now extends from Pioneer Avenue in
Historic Sandy to the Kimballs Lane TRAX Station in Draper.