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What to do about Pioneer Park?
It remains a perplexing question for city planners, neighborhood activists and others concerned about the park’s future.
The latest preliminary plan prepared by a Park City design firm appears to maintain plenty of open space, which KSL believes should be a primary goal of any effort to revitalize the historic ten-acre block. Beyond open space, though, the design concept is less than inspiring.
Especially we think it should give more attention to the historical significance of Pioneer Park.
Utah and Salt Lake City are fortunate to have a plot of land, indeed a park, which is so indelibly connected to the community’s origins. It was the location of the original adobe fort where the earliest settlers survived the harsh winter of 1847-48. It was where they met to organize their new community and formulate their government.
KSL believes any undertaking to improve or revitalize Pioneer Park must adequately acknowledge its history. Let it, in some way, be an inspiring reminder of human resiliency and the quest for freedom and community development. Anything less would be an affront to those hardy pioneers who in the face of enormous adversity laid the foundation of this entire region.