SPRINGVILLE -- Wayne Bartholomew Family Park is nearing completion and is expected to open on June 13 with a Duct Tape Regatta as part of the Art City Days celebration.
The park was built as a water storage facility for irrigation and to improve fish habitat downstream where Hobble Creek enters Utah Lake.
The three-plus acre pond is the main feature of the park located at about 2900 E. Canyon Road. There are also five pavilions for picnics, restrooms and changing rooms, fishing docks and a concession stand.
"This will be one nice facility," said Rod Oldroyd with the City of Springville. "We just put the parking lot in, which has 140 stalls, and the paved trail around the pond is in."
Oldroyd said the pond was stocked with trout about a month ago.
"People have been walking out there, but we want to discourage that until the opening date." Oldroyd said.
The land for the park came from a purchase from the Bartholomew family. It was selected as an ideal location for a retaining pond to help the endangered June sucker, which spawns downstream.
Hobble Creek has seen other restoration to improve fish habitat, including an increased width of the river corridor near Utah Lake, restored banks and plant vegetation, and added meanders and structures to benefit the June sucker.
Once the environmental requirements were met, the city of Springville added amenities to make the area enjoyable for residents.
The June 13 opening will unveil the first phase of the park. City officials said in March 2014 that development will continue possibly for the next 10 years to improve the park for visitors.
The first major event will be a Duct Tape Regatta, where participants will be given materials and a short build time to construct a “boat” to race across the water. The event will be at 1:30 p.m. June 13. Go to http://www.springville.org/art-city-days for more information.