With population numbers leaping exponentially each year in Saratoga Springs and future growth predictions only adding more residential areas, to say there was a need for a new park like Patriot Park in the city is a pretty vast understatement.

Just three years ago, the western Utah County boom town had a mere four recreation programs to cater to residents, making the need for something more exceptionally obvious. That’s where the idea for the 30-acre park honoring not only America’s favorite pastime but also its heroes began.

“The mayor and city council wanted to design Patriot Park to honor our veterans and those who are in military service, and baseball is kind of that all-American sport,” said Saratoga Springs Public Relations and Economic Development Director David Johnson on the concept for the newly minted city park. “We were in need of our own baseball facility and thought this was a great opportunity to not only to provide an extra amenity to our residents but also take the opportunity to honor those men and women in military who have served, especially with our proximity to Camp Williams.”

Nearly four years ago, the concept was first cultivated, with the fruits of that labor leading to the April opening of not only a fantastic city park, but also sports complex with up to 100 acres nearby potentially available to accommodate future expansion.

So what makes Patriot Park so great? Here are 15 fun things worth noting about the unique new park complex.

-- By Kari Kenner, Daily Herald

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