Salt Lake County residents should vote "For" Proposition 1 to approve $47 million in bonds for parks, open space, natural wildlife habitat and community trails.
The bond, reduced from its original $123 million after the County Council rejected the higher figure, would pay for three new regional parks, in Bluffdale, Draper and West Valley/Kearns. It would allow the county to acquire land for a future park in the Magna area and complete two major trails connecting the valley from east to west and north to south.
The package is a good deal for county residents, who have indicated in recent surveys their desire for more trails, parks and open space. Interest rates are still low, as are construction costs, although those are beginning to rise as the effects of the Great Recession recede. The larger bond amount also would have provided a means for the county to bring existing park facilities up to snuff by funding deferred maintenance projects.