Splish splash! Midvale City Park opens new splash pad, plans summer events
Jun 22, 2017 10:31AM
● By Ruth Hendricks
Kids enjoy the new splash pad in Midvale City Park. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)
By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com
Midvale City has a new water feature in the park that kids will love as well as entertaining events throughout the summer for all to enjoy.
A new splash pad in Midvale City Park, 455 W. 7500 South, opened on Memorial Day.
The project had its official start in August 2015 when the Midvale City Council signed a resolution saying that the city had identified the need for additional recreational opportunities in the city.
Keith Ludwig, city engineer, told the council on July 22, 2015 that the project was advertised for bid and the city had received three proposals for the project. Following a committee review of qualifications and price, the qualified low bidder was Hogan and Associates Construction, and the city council award the contract to them.
The project was bid as a collaborative approach between the city, the designer and the contractor to keep the project within the budget of $400,000.
Midvale Middle School Opening
At the May 16 city council meeting, City Manager Kane Loader said the ribbon cutting for the new Midvale Middle School at 7852 S. Pioneer St. will be held on August 8.
Students were moved to the old Crescent View Middle School building for the two years while the school was rebuilt.
The new school will be a 203,000-square-foot building with three wings and will have features including high-tech classrooms, teacher-collaboration spaces, science and computer labs, a front entrance atrium, a 650-seat auditorium, a full-length basketball court with an elevated running track, and dance and exercise rooms. The new school was funded with a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010.
On August 18, they are holding a “welcome back” night for the students and teachers. Loader is working with the school to set a rate for the city to use the auditorium for Arts Council presentations and other events.
Harvest Days is an annual event that began 75 years ago. This year it will be held from August 7- 12. Midvale City, found “in the middle of everything,” uses this time to celebrate the harvest of friendship and community.
Wednesday, Aug. 9 showcases a Hall of Honors, an art show and youth ambassadors induction ceremony at the Midvale Performing Arts Center at 695 W. Center St. (7720 S.).
Thursday, Aug. 10 features dinner and bingo in the bowery with bingo sponsored by Midvale City and local merchants. There will be free giveaways for adults and children.
Friday, Aug. 11 will feature neighborhood block parties, which are meant to establish relationships that strengthen the union of communities. Organizers can call (385) 468-9350 to arrange a visit from the mayor, city council, unified police and unified fire staff at the block party. This is limited to 10 party visits per night, first come, first served.
There will be a parade on Saturday, Aug. 12 starting at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Copperview Elementary and proceed north on Monroe Street It will turn west on Wasatch Street, then continue north on Grant Street. The route then heads west on Center Street past the Midvale City Park, north on Chapel Street and finishes at Second Avenue.
From noon to 5 p.m. there will be entertainment and games for the family, including bounce houses, face painting, pictures with princesses, and food trucks.
The featured entertainment of the Osmond-Chapman Orchestra starring David Osmond will play from 8-9:30 p.m. The festivities will end with fireworks at 10 p.m.