BY REBECCA PALMER
BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful City Council plans to discuss a potential park near Bountiful High School at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 28.
To create the park, the city would need to purchase about 7.5 acres from Gail Stahle, the publisher of the Davis Clipper. He approached the city mayor about it last year, according to reports from staff.
If purchased, the park would be located on Mill Street at about 600 East. The proposal would cost $2 million, which is like to come from the Capital Projects fund.
“This is too good of an opportunity to pass up,” said Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson in a press release. “Bountiful doesn’t have much undeveloped land left for new parks, so being able to add one so near the center of the city is very exciting.”
The park nearest the proposed location is West Mueller Park at 1800 South and about 800 East.
In fact, neighbors who attended council meeting on May 14 broached the issue of too few parks in that neighborhood.
The property now includes a home and both open and wooded areas, and the city has not made plans for improving it beyond making it accessible and public outdoor space.
According to Stahle, there are at least 70 mature trees on the land. Many of them were damaged or destroyed in the windstorm of December, 2011 and during the winter of 2012-2013. Negotiations about the potential sale have been underway for weeks.
Stahle has had multiple offers from home developers to sell his property, but said the price the city is likely to offer made for a better deal. He has no immediate plans to leave the Clipper, he said.
The council is also considering a purchase of property in Holbrook Canyon.The city has already acquired about 120 acres from property that had been owned by Jed Stringham, after he and his family offered their 160 acres at $1,000 per acre. A state fund picked up half the bill.
On Tuesday, city staffers will ask the council to consider buying the remaining 40 acres at the same price. As in the previous two rounds of acquisition, the State of Utah, through the LeRay McAllister program, would provide the matching funds, according to a report by staffers.
The council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Bountiful City Hall, 790 South 100 East. A work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. regarding electronic signage rules.