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Orem to auction off items from Hillcrest Elementary School

By Genelle Pugmire - | Nov 19, 2021
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Overhead view of the 9.3-acre area being discussed for a new city park in the Hillcrest neighborhood, shown on March 4, 2021.
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A banner hangs outside of Hillcrest Elementary School before an open house held Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Orem.
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Amenities available at Hillcrest Elementary School in Orem on Jan. 29, 2021. These updates were made in 2004.
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Amenities available at Hillcrest Elementary School in Orem on Jan. 29, 2021. These updates were made in 2004.

For those wanting a piece of memorabilia from Orem’s Hillcrest Elementary school, Monday is the big day.

That is the day Orem city will start an online auction of items left behind by the Alpine School District when it vacated the school.

Home and charter schools have already made their selections, but according to Trevor Bell, procurement and budget officer, there is a lot more to get rid of.

“Alpine left desks, white boards, children’s chairs, two full playgrounds and more,” Bell said. “The auction is being handled by Public Surplus based in Provo.”

The items for auction will appear on the Orem website at 8 a.m. Monday. The auction will run for two weeks. After that is completed arrangements will be made for picking up the items, according to Bell.

Bell noted the two playgrounds are sold as full sets and will take a bit more paperwork, such as insurance validation, before they can be transported.

“Buy a little piece of Hillcrest before it gets turned into a great park,” Bell said.

Orem purchased the school two years ago and has gone through an extensive process including public meetings and weighing design options as it prepares to turn the site into a new city park.

Not all of the school will be demolished. The Orem City Council voted to keep the newer parts of the building that include the gym and professional kitchen areas for potential community use.

At this juncture, Bell said the city is still not completely sure how those two areas will be used so items from the kitchen and gym will not be involved with this auction.

Bell said he does anticipate another auction as they get closer to demolition of the school and construction of the park.

The new park will feature a number of amenities including walking paths, play areas, open fields for athletics, pickle ball private mediation areas, new restrooms and more.

The park will sit on a little more than 9.2 acres and will feature eating pavilions as well as indoor options during the colder months.

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