Salt Lake City scraps blasting plan as end of old water park demolition nears

The deserted Raging Rivers waterpark Wednesday afternoon. Contractors have been initially supposed to begin blasting Wednesday, however that concept was scrapped following suggestions from neighborhood residents. (Chopper 5, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Contractors are starting work this week to take away one of many closing — and most tough — components within the ongoing demolition of the outdated Raging Rivers waterpark within the Glendale neighborhood.

The park’s outdated swimming pools have been manufactured from thick concrete that runs deep into the bottom. The truth is, Salt Lake Metropolis Division of Parks and Public Lands had introduced final week that contractors would wish to blast within the space starting Wednesday due to how thick the concrete is.

Nonetheless, that concept was scrapped following neighborhood suggestions over the previous few days, which expressed concern over the noise and shaking blasting would trigger. Development crews are as an alternative utilizing backhoes and jackhammers to finish the tough concrete removing.

Raging Waters, additionally beforehand often known as Seven Peaks Salt Lake, closed in 2018. It shortly turned an eyesore and an space of elevated crime within the metropolis, which led to the choice to tear it down. The town started demolition it in October; as of Wednesday, there are nonetheless a number of slides remaining however most have been dismantled on the demolition website.

Months earlier than the demolition came about, Salt Lake Metropolis Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed turning the 17-acre plot of land close to 1700 South and 1200 West right into a regional park, just like Liberty or Sugar Home parks within the east a part of the town.

That imaginative and prescient continues to be the anticipated way forward for the world.

Nancy Monteith, the senior panorama architect for Salt Lake Metropolis’s Engineering Division, informed KSL-TV Wednesday that she hopes the town could have two or three idea plans to share with residents in a number of weeks. The plot of land is already positioned subsequent to the Glendale Golf Course and the Jordan River Parkway Path. There is a smaller neighborhood park simply north of it that the favored path runs by way of.

The town has already directed $3.2 million towards the preliminary growth of the positioning, utilizing impression charges, Monteith added. The charges are one-time funds from builders for each new constructing within the metropolis that may solely be used for sure sources, like parks.

“We’re actually enthusiastic about this undertaking,” she mentioned. “While you take a look at all of these areas aggregated, they are surely like a regional attraction.”

The ultimate plan will seemingly require more cash, which is why Mendenhall requested $10 million for the undertaking final yr. The mayor defined on the time that the way in which the town acquired federal funding on the park previously required it to stay a park “in perpetuity,” that means the land can’t be developed for housing or enterprise house.

As for the present section of demolition, residents who’ve issues or questions concerning the blasting are inspired to name 385-495-5323.

Contributing: Jed Boal

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