Neighbors Take Desire for Park Space Personally

A community in Salt Lake City is pooling their cash to purchase an empty lot owned by the LDS (Mormon) Church for a much-needed park. They hope to give the land to the city to maintain, but the church and state may not be on board with the plan.
April 25, 2011, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The church has not yet decided what to do with the parcel, which used to be a Mormon wardhouse until it was demolished recently.

Katie Drake reports:

"Despite the uncertainty, residents are still hopeful the property will become available once the real estate market rebounds. They have raised a little more than $21,000 through barbecues, book sales and neighborhood socials. More than 50 surrounding families have made cash donations, and Salt Lake City has pledged to match the money raised from its open-space fund, [organizer Ben] Burdett said."

The local group has even drafted up a design proposal for the lot, which they hope to give to the city to implement.

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Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 in The Salt Lake Tribune
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