Bountiful Parks and Trails Bond
* If the bond passes, what will the city do with the money?
$2 Million will go to implementing the city's Master Trail plan. The other $6 Million will allow the city to purchase the land where Washington Elementary School used to be and pay to develop it into playing fields and other recreational features.
* If the bond does not pass, what will happen?
The Washington Elementary School property will then be sold to the highest bidder. Given the value of land for different uses, it will likely be sold to a developer who will build apartments.
* If the bond passes, how much will a home owner pay in property tax?
If the bond passes, a median-priced Bountiful home will pay an additional $32.57 per year for 20 years.
Because most of the available land in Bountiful is already being used, it is very rare that land comes available. This property is likely the last chance Bountiful will have to obtain land in the flat part of the city for recreational opportunities.
We live so close to such beautiful mountains and canyons, but currently we have not put in the basic effort needed to create trails that we can use and enjoy. We have one heavily-used trail (the Elephant Rock trail in Mueller Park Canyon), but no others that are easily usable and maintained. If we are able to implement the top items on the Master Trails Plan, we could have usable trails up the other canyons as well as connecting trails across the face of the mountain. Other cities (like Draper) that have developed similar trails have found that their residents really get a lot of enjoyment from the ability to hike and bike on them.
Bountiful has some areas for playing fields but our families who live here in Bountiful wish there were more. We have kids who enjoy soccer, football and Lacrosse, but often those teams have to drive a fair ways to other communities to find available fields. It would be nicer if the fields our kids used for practice and games could be right here close to home.
Another possible use for the land is a set of Pickleball courts. Pickleball has become popular in recent years, and cities (like Woods Cross) that have put in Pickleball courts have found that they get plenty of use and are a great way for people of many ages to enjoy a game and get to know the other players as well.
For me, I think this is a good investment in our community and will make Bountiful a nicer place to live. I am hoping the bond will pass and I would be happy to answer questions you have about it.
If you really hope the bond passes and would like a yard sign to show your support to your neighbors, let me know - and we will bring you one over (while supplies last).