r Spanish Fork recently announced the purchase of 65 acres in the city’s river bottoms area along 1100 East (Poplar Lane or Tree Line Road). Future plans for the area include a regional park and open space. Coupled with 41 acres the city already had in the area, the Mayor and city council see this as a long-term investment in preserving open space, something the public has been pushing for.
Right away, the city will be developing a trail along 1100 East between River Bottoms Road and the Spanish Fork River Trail. The new trail is expected to be paved by late fall of this year, or early next year. It will connect to both the river trail and to a planned trail along 1400 East.
The city anticipates these amenities will make traveling along 1100 E and trail use safer.
A parking lot and restrooms will be constructed to serve as a trail dead to the Spanish Fork River trail. This is expected to be completed by next summer or fall and will help alleviate parking along 1100 E.
Constructions of the regional park will be farther into the future. Until then, the city anticipates the land will continue to be cultivated for alfalfa, corn and wheat.
Reaction to the announcement on Spanish Fork’s Facebook page was overwhelmingly positive.
MW Brown posted, “Wonderful news!! Truly a city of pride and progress. Preserving the old with an eye to the future. Thank you!!”
Jennifer Atkinson posted, “The river trail is the best thing in Spanish Fork! Yay for the city for investing in improvements to make it even better!”