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Battlecreek Neighborhood residents want to improve Pleasant Grove Downtown Park

By Cathy Allred daily Herald - | Feb 18, 2016

Five Pleasant Grove neighbors would like to beautify the city’s Historic Downtown Park and bring it into the 21st century.

Britney Rule and Hiedi Blackwelder, two of the five neighbors, brought their ideas to Tuesday’s City Council meeting and received a positive response.

“Our community is important to us. We hope to build a beautiful public space in the Pleasant Grove Downtown Park,” Blackwelder said.

First, they would like to install a splash pad.

Also on their “to do” list is improved playground equipment, gardens, art, seating, a stage area, picnic facilities, walking paths and landscaping.

“We are excited about this,” Blackwelder said. “We want to make our city a more desirable place to live.”

Originally, the only holdup was money. The group was asking the city for permission to have fundraisers at the park.

They got more than what they bargained on getting. The two residents from the Battlecreek Neighborhood found themselves overseeing a park improvement committee with city support and involvement.

Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels suggested they sit down during a work session and discuss what is needed or involved in creating and installing a splash pad in the park.

“Maybe by 2017 we could start construction. Maybe that is a little ambitious,” Blackwelder said.

Councilwoman Cyd LeMone said she would like to be a part of the brainstorming sessions.

“I had another resident approach me last summer and he even had a splash pad drawn up,” LeMone said.

Councilwoman Dianna Andersen volunteered to help with the fundraising.  

“If they already have the plans, that’s great,” City Administrator Scott Darrington said. “We’ll just keep the momentum going.”

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