Upcoming Bingham Creek Park will be largest in County when complete
Oct 24, 2019 04:02PM
By Susan Palmer
South Jordan Bingham Creek Trailhead is an image of the current park that will eventually be connected to the Bingham Creek Regional Park. (Susan Palmer/City Journals)
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Salt Lake County, with the cooperation of South Jordan, is planning to build a park north of the Daybreak subdivision. The original name planned for this project was Welby Regional Park, but the name has now been changed to Bingham Creek Regional Park or BING for short.
This project has been in planning process for several years and is not just an ordinary park, BING will be the largest park in Salt Lake County and will be approximately 160 acres when it is completed. The present plan for the park is divided into three phases. Phase 1 is now moving forward since the parks and recreation bond was passed several years ago.
The land where the park will be is already owned by Salt Lake County. The park will eventually include the Bingham Creek Trail, a 1.6-mile gravel/concrete round-trip walking path located along the Bingham Dry Creek connecting to Teton Estates Park. The trail currently begins at 4600 West Sky Drive and includes a parking area and rest rooms.
Phase 2 and Phase 3 for the park have been tentatively proposed, but funding is currently not available.
Phase 1 received $12 million in funding from the bond and with an additional $3 million from South Jordan. It will be located at 10200 South and 4800 West and will include approximately 47 acres. The portion of the money being committed to the park is from impact fees that are paid by new construction in South Jordan.
The beginning project will include five multi-purpose sports fields, playgrounds, green fields, group picnic pavilions, restrooms, parking lot, destination water play playground and walking paths. The multi-use sports fields will be used for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey and football.
A resolution was unanimously approved by the City Council to enter into an agreement with Salt Lake County for funding a portion of BING.
Strategic Services Director Don Tingey said Salt Lake Country is “into the design process of the park and have gone out to bid and selected a general contractor and are working feverishly so they can start construction as they have a time period to get the money from the bond.”
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2020 with Phase 1 being completed sometime in the fall of 2021.
South Jordan City is excited about this first Phase 1 of the construction being started. When asked about the final completion date of all three phases of the project, Tingey suggested that possibly up to a 30 year period before all the features of the park can be totally completed.