Though Patriot Park, a 30-acre, baseball and military-themed sports park, is the most recent addition to the city of Saratoga Springs’ outdoor recreation amenities, it’s far from the only uniquely themed park to be constructed in the area in recent years.

After roughly a decade of planning, two years of work and construction made possible by funding from six years of impact fee revenue and grant awards, Shay Park, a lively, railroad-themed community park and playground, became a reality for area residents.

“It’s a wish come true," said Mike Hansen in an interview with the Daily Herald in regard to the park’s opening at 516 W. Aspen Hills Blvd. in Saratoga Springs. Hansen, a spokesman for the Utah Live Steamers Railroad Club, was referring not just to the creatively and aptly themed park, but also to the green light granted to the club by the city, which allowed for the construction of 7.5-inch gauge rail and a 1.6-in scale train steamer engine and cars. The park now boasts not only train-themed playground equipment but also a double loop track that is utilized monthly May-October for public train rides.

But an actual, working, miniature locomotive isn’t the only thing Shay Park offers the community. Here are 10 interesting and unique things about the local amenity worth knowing about!

— By Kari Kenner, Daily Herald

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