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As a father with young children, I have come to appreciate family-oriented activities and how much my family enjoys participating in them. Not only are they fun but they also give us an opportunity for some bonding time. Utah has a wealth of such activities, many of which are seasonal, such as Cherry Hill in Kaysville.

Most people probably know Cherry Hill for its water park and campground, but it also includes miniature golf, batting cages, arcade rooms, a climbing rock, snack bars and a restaurant. The water park includes the Double Dragon Water Slides, Cardiac Canyon River Run, Pirate's Cove activity pool for children, Grant's Gulch Lazy River and two swimming pools. Bruce Lloyd, who co-owns the property with his brother, Keith, says the water park now accounts for two thirds of the company's business.

Bruce and Keith's father, Grant Lloyd, founded Cherry Hill in 1967. It was originally a cherry orchard owned by Grant's father, C.A., in the 1920s. A friend suggested to Grant that he turn the beautiful property into a campground, so he started a small campground that he called Crossroads Camping. Two years later he changed the name to Cherry Hill Camping and began adding campsites until they covered the entire 20-acre former cherry orchard. He built the miniature golf course in 1978 and then the game room, snack bars and water slides a few years later.

Today, Cherry Hill has 185 campsites available year-round. The property still has more than 700 cherry trees, and on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer, it offers free evening concerts. The original farm house has been converted into the Pie Pantry Restaurant that makes Cherry Hill's famous homemade pies.

Cherry Hill has become a destination for many Utah families as well as families from across the country. And with Bruce and Keith's plans to continue adding to the park's entertainment opportunities, including seasonal activities, they anticipate it will continue to increase in popularity.

For Zions Bank, I'm Rob Brough. I'm speaking on business.

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