BOUNTIFUL — Erosion has undermined the “V” that marks the mountainside above Centerville, a landmark installed in tribute to Viewmont High.
Current and former Vikiings have begun the process of stabilizing the”V,” and are hoping others in the community will help as well.
The landmark was first constructed as a gift of the Viewmont High class of 1973 and is 8-feet wide and 105-feet long.
The contractor who helped frame and pour the concrete 41 years ago was Robert Trump.
It is his youngest grandson, Ryan Trump, who is planning the restoration work for an Eagle Scout project.
The school’s alumni association, school leaders and the Centerville City Council were approached and are also working in support of the improvements.
The first steps in the restoration process have already begun, as volunteers worked to remove brush, weeds and loose gravel along the outside edges and install a wire mesh.
For the second phase, Intermountain Gunite Company will pump “shotcrete” through a hose at high speed (like in pool construction), to shore up the base, which has eroded as much as two to three feet in spots.
After that, supporters will install a drainage system, replace dirt, replant native grasses and improve the pathway that leads to the school letter.
Students past and present are being asked to donate $10 each, though more is welcome. Parents and teachers are invited to participate with a donation as well.
Tax deductible contributions can be made through the Davis Education Foundation by sending checks with “Save the ‘V’ Project” on the memo line to the foundation at P.O. Box 588, Farmington UT, 84025.
Checks will also be accepted at Viewmont High, 120 W. 100 North in Bountiful.
Online donations can be made through daviseducationfoundation.org.