ST. GEORGE – Christensen Park, located at 1470 West 3764 South, is getting some upgrades over the next several months.
The project, which started in August, will add a restroom, repave the parking lot, and, if approved, will repave the walking trail that loops around the park. Construction crews have already installed a lift station, or sewage pump, that services the homes in that area and will facilitate the new restroom.
Dixie Power has also been rebuilding a power line that was already in place, part of which will serve the waste water treatment plant, the homes in that area, and tie in with the City of St. George power department, Dixie Power Chief Operating Officer Colin Jack said. This allows them to back each other up in case of emergency.
“We review all our projects all over the city and choose an existing park to upgrade,” Millie Cockerill, with the city’s park planning division, said. “That one came on the radar, it’s the neighborhood park for the west side of Bloomington. It doesn’t have a restroom despite having a lot use, so we are just trying to fill the need.”
The city put out a bid for the work, and JP Excavation answered the call. The total cost of the project is just north of $131,000. If they decide to repave the walking trail, that will add another $16,000 to the bill.
There is some cause for concern, as the homes that are being developed are in a Virgin River flood zone.
“I got a notice in the mail that they’re going to be building quarter-acre lots on 12 acres to put some homes down by the river,” Janene Ihler said, a local resident and real estate agent who frequents the park area. “When it flooded in 2005, this was wet clear up into the park. I’m concerned about people who might come in from out of town and not know about how bad it can get, and I am going to go down to the city and let them know that I am concerned.”
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