Park has big plans for Lion's Park
By Natalie Cook
September 25, 2006 HYDE PARK -- A newly paved footpath
winds into the overhanging trees and up the hill of
Lion's Park on the east side of Hyde Park. Though the
park itself is more than 40 years old, many new developments
have been taking place lately.
"It started out as a frog pond, nothing more than
a mud hole kids liked to play in," said Charles Wheeler,
city council member.
The area was initially a place where run-off collected
in a sunken area where the parking lot now sits. Wheeler
has overseen the restoration and improvement efforts
Hyde Park has put into the city's third park.
"Back in the '60s, kids were already playing there,
so the local Lion's Club decided to put some toys in
to make it a little nicer ," Wheeler said.
The park began falling into disrepair and the restrooms
were vandalized six years ago. According to Wheeler,
that's when the city council decided they had better
do something. The metal park equipment of the 1960s
contrasts with the brand new green plastic slides that
sit accross the path from one another. A new restroom,
parking lot and footpath are just a few of the most
The park contines to be an ongoing project and the
city anticipates they will spend $1.5 million before
they are through with their plans. Lion's Park is currently
3.5 acres, but plans for expansion will make it a grand
12.5-acre recreational area complete with a one-mile
walking path and an ampitheatre. The funding comes from
a land trade with Cache County over an area near the
The community has been getting involved, too. Several
Eagle Scouts have done projects there and local citizens
helped plant on Arbor Day. To the citizens involved
in the restoration of Lion's Park, it is not just another
park, but holds a sense of nostalgia and pride.