Drive continues to improve atmosphere at Riverton City Park

Mar 17, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

A committee of interested citizens has been proposed for "the purpose of researching, planning, fundraising and overseeing the construction of a fully renovated City Park."

Riverton citizens say they remain determined to "take back" City Park.

Web designer Lee Crook has approached the mayor and city council during with a design and suggestions for improvements at City Park, which he described as the "hub" of Riverton.

Speaking at a March city council meeting, Crook said he was prompted to visualize new ideas after he realized an improved park area could create economic growth for the city.

"No other piece of ground gives more exposure to locals and travelers passing through than this park," Crook said. "It is a vital organ to our city, and like any organism, when vital organs begin to fail then peripheral functions begin to follow suit.

"In order to reflect what this city and its citizens stand for, or perhaps more importantly what we may become, I believe the park needs a significant overhaul."

In his design, which he described as "multi-functional" and "versatile," included a water fountain, set as an assemblage of mountains, facing Federal Boulevard. He also added a parking lot, a splash pad for kids, a basketball court instead of tennis courts, and restrooms beside a pavilion. A larger skate park, a renovated playground and the band shell would remain in the park, but Crook added a possible dog area to his design.

Crook proposed forming a committee of interested, talented and dedicated locals for "the purpose of researching, planning, fundraising and overseeing the construction of a fully renovated City Park."

One person in attendance pointed to an alternative spot for a skate park, and another person agreed with Crook about installing a parking lot to make the park safer because the park sits close to the boulevard.

Impressed with the extensive work and dedication Crook put into his ideas, the council and mayor expressed appreciation and voted to come up with a resolution for the forming of a committee.

"We're very supportive of what your intention is," Mayor Ron Warpness said to Crook, while Councilman Richard Gard expressed a desire to see more families at the park.

Considering current issues like public intoxication, Crook suggested a different approach be used to address changes to the park.

"The individuals need to be met with compassion," Crook told the council. "It cannot be us against them... Did they infiltrate the park or did we just give up?"

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