Riverton City Print Newsletter - July 2022

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July 2022

RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government MAYOR’S MESSAGE

Park Updates and New Park Plans By Mayor Trent Staggs Riverton is home to 33 city parks and over 470 acres of city-owned public green space. Over the course of the last year and half, we’ve seen some exciting updates take place at some of our parks that I wanted to make you aware of. The most exciting update has taken place at Riverton City Park. We’ve added an additional four pickleball courts to the park, bringing the total number of courts at the park to eight. These additional courts will allow more residents to enjoy the game of pickleball on a more regular basis. This

A new 10-acre park will be built in the Edge Homes development adjacent to the Welby Jacobs Canal, south of 13400 S.

expansion will allow us to host more pickleball tournaments moving forward. The addition of these courts necessitated that the sand volleyball court be moved. It has been relocated just to the south of the tennis courts. New playground equipment has been installed, or is being installed, this year at the following parks: Monarch Meadows Park, Morning Cloak Park and Peggy Green Park. These are in addition to new playgrounds that were installed in 2021 at Autumn Hills Park, Oquirrh Park and Swensen Farms Park. The splash pad at Old Farm Park was also updated in 2021. We strive to include funding for playground replacements for three or four parks each year. Looking to the future, Riverton will be home to two brand new parks within the next couple years on the west side of town. The first will

A new 16-acre park will be built at the northwest intersection of Old Liberty Way (4050 W) and Majestic Rise Parkway (13200 S).


Four newly completed pickleball courts at Riverton City park brings the park total to eight.

be located in the Edge Homes The Riverton City Parks, development adjacent to the Welby Recreation and Trails Committee Jacobs Canal, south of 13400 S will be actively reviewing ideas and just north of 13800 S. This for park design and amenities to will be a 10-acre recommend to the park and will adjoin Riverton City Council. a public park in The addition of these “If you have ideas Herriman being built new parks is an on what you’d like to the south of 13800 exciting opportunity for to see at these S. The second new the city, and we want to park will be located make sure we get them parks, please feel at the northwest right. If you have ideas free to reach out intersection of Old on what you’d like to to me or your Liberty Way (4050 see at these parks, councilmember.” W) and Majestic Rise please feel free to Parkway (13200 reach out to me or your S). This park will councilmember. be 16-acres in size and will be considered a regional park. I invite you and your family to take a moment this summer to explore The city and developers are still in the parks you haven’t been to the early stages of planning these in Riverton. You can find a full parks, but we hope they will add listing of parks and amenities at incredible value to the community. rivertonutah.gov/parks.



Building on the Legacy of the Past MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertonutah.gov 801-953-5672 Troy McDougal - District 2 tmcdougal@rivertonutah.gov 801-931-9933 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertonutah.gov 801-634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertonutah.gov 801-673-6103 Claude Wells - District 5 cwells@rivertonutah.gov 801-875-0116

CITY MANAGER David R. Brickey citymanager@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY HALL 801-254-0704

By Councilmember Troy McDougal

this time to thank those past and present who have and are serving our country. Thank you for your service!

July is a wonderful month to pause and take The second celebration is stock in what held on July 24 to comhas brought us memorate the men and to where we women who at great sacriare today. We celebrate two mafice journeyed to Utah and jor events that have benefited the established what would residents of Riverton City. The first later be the 45th state in is the remembrance of our national the Union. Their sacrifice independence on July 4. Men and was not one journey, but women, years ago, made not just the sacrifice of a lifetime, one sacrifice, and of but multiple many sacrifices, over through“We should each reach a long period of out the out to our neighbors and years, to time, to allow friends to work toward us to enjoy the establish July is a great month to reflect on our heritage and those freedoms we a place who came before us to make our community great. common goals rather have today. that we call than focus on that which Regardless of home, a example of those from the past. We divides us.” political affiliaplace that we raise should each reach out to our neightions or cultural our families, find bors and friends to work toward differences, they new friends: a town common goals rather than focus united their best efforts to establish like Riverton where we give our best on that which divides us. I believe a land of liberty. Throughout the effort to come together and develop we can unite to continue to build on years, men and women have again a place we love to live! the legacy of the past so that those united to defend those freedoms, in the future might enjoy what we and it is appropriate that we take I challenge us all to follow the have.

UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday, July 19 & August 2, 7 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS Thursday, July 14 & August 11, 6:30 p.m

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Weekly Lawn Watering Guide

The Utah Division of Water Resources publishes a weekly guide for how often lawn should be watered, based on weather conditions that week. Riverton residents are encouraged to follow the lawn watering guide on a weekly basis. conservewater.utah.gov/weekly-lawn-watering-guide



Why Fire Training is Important By Chief Wade Watkins The environment in which we are fighting fire has changed and continues to change all the time. In the late 1970s, there were 1.8 traumatic deaths per 100,000 fires compared to three deaths per 100,000 fires in the late 2000s, while the number of fires has actually decreased by 53% in the same time. What has contributed to this change? Older homes (pre-1950) were built with dimensional lumber and wooden structural members. By dimensional lumber, I mean a 2x4 actually measured 2” by 4”. Currently, 2x4s measure much smaller. We also use much more engineered lumber constructed with glues and hydrocarbons today which burn hotter and faster than traditional lumber. Additionally, the “fire load” or home furnishings have also changed. Old-

er furniture, flooring and walls were made with natural materials like wood and cotton. Presently, furnishings are made with many more synthetic materials and plastics.




Today’s homes are larger than ever before, which does a few things. This additional space not only provides more oxygen for a fire to burn, but also today’s Modern technology helps firefighters see potential dangers. open concept floorplans have less walls and rooms to confine a fire to one in residential buildings but also comarea. Larger homes also increase mercial and industrial buildings. the time it takes us to advance a hose to where we can hit a fire with One of my mentors once told me our hose stream of water. that a good firefighter never stops learning. I have always taken that I have been a firefighter for 20 to heart. As firefighters, learning years, and the way we fight fire now and adapting to the changing risks is even drastically different from to our communities while improving when I started. We continually train our response is key to doing our job on new construction trends not only effectively.

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Protect Our Waterways: Cleanup Firework Debris Did you know that firework debris can be a major pollutant for our streams and rivers? As you celebrate Independence Day and Pioneer Day in July, remember to sweep firework debris from roads, gutters, sidewalks, and driveways. We recommend placing debris from fireworks in a bucket of water before disposal.


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FRIDAY FUN NIGHTS IN RIVERTON Friday Fun Nights in Riverton are a blast! With several events all happening at beautiful Riverton City Park, bring the family for a casual night out. Food trucks, summer market vendors and games are open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Entertainment normally begins at 7 p.m. The outdoor movie begins at dusk. There are also three playgrounds and a splash pad at the park. Come for a FUN night out! When: Friday Nights, July 29 - August 26, 2022 Times: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S, Riverton Utah 84065

July 29 - August 26 Movies In The Park

July 29 American Underdog

Entertainment Schedule July 29

5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Andrea Sharp Joshua Creek

August 5

5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Miss Margene’s Creative Generation Red Light Challenge

5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Li’l Feathers Title VI Southern Punch

August 12

August 5 Encanto

August 19 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Miss Riverton Lily Snow & Friends CityJazz Big Band

August 26 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Kaleb Austin Cold Creek Bluegrass Band Featuring Blaine Nelson

August 12 Clifford the Big Red Dog

August 19 Boss Baby 2

August 26 Peter Rabbit 2

Riverton Public Safety Night Wednesday, August 3, 6-8 p.m. | Riverton City Park

Bring the family and come learn more about the Riverton Police Department and Unified Fire Authority. There will be activities, demonstrations, and lots of fun! Free and open to all. PAGE 4