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In comparison to the U.S. average of 16.2 acres of parks per 1,000 residents, South Salt Lake has significantly less, with only 1.6 acres. Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Salt Lake County all have more park acres per capita than South Salt Lake. We have an opportunity now to improve and gain more parks with the Parks, Open Space and Trails bond.

We live very close to Fitts Park and visit it daily. Fitts Park was one of the main reasons we chose to buy in the city. Others in South Salt Lake deserve to have a park as well. The South Salt Lake Parks and Open Space Master Plan, developed with citizen input and adopted by the City Council this year, is a road map of how parks bond money could be spent identifying potential opportunities.

The average $4-a-month cost is low for a family, less than a single movie ticket, nearly equivalent to a drink and snack purchase at 7-Eleven or Maverik. A park offers so much more to our families and community than going to a movie or buying a snack. Please join me in voting Yes for Parks.

Dawn Wagner

South Salt Lake

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