SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Dozens of concerned residents showed up to express their dissatisfaction of a plan to pave a popular trail in Dimple Dell Regional Park.
A gathering of support in the fight against the $4 million, 3-mile asphalt trail showed up at Wrangler Trailhead Saturday morning in an attempt to gain the attention of the Salt Lake County and Sandy City officials who are in support of the new trail.
The “March for the Park” was organized to inform park users of the unique characteristics found in Dimple Dell Park they are hoping to preserve.
“Every resident we have educated about the Park and the proposed asphalt trail is vehemently opposed to the asphalt,” said Monica Zoltanski, the Founder of Dimple Dell Preservation Community.
“No one can believe this could happen to this pristine, natural area. It’s devastating to the environment, and the huge cost to taxpayers cannot be justified. We are encouraged by the enormous community support, and the people are telling us to Keep Dimple Dell Wild!”
Last Tuesday night, many of those who oppose the county’s plans showed up at a Sandy City Council meeting.
The trail is currently covered in wood chips.
“This is beautiful scenery,” said Maxwell Freeman, who walked the trail with his dogs Tuesday afternoon.
He’s heard about the plan to pave the North Rim Trail — and he doesn’t like it.
“To me it just seems ridiculous. I don’t know why you would wanna destroy this place,” said Freeman.
That sentiment was echoed Tuesday night, when people wearing “Keep Dimple Dell Wild” shirts packed the room.
“Nobody wants to see this resource damaged in any way, shape or form,” said Nicole Martin, deputy mayor of Sandy.
Martin says the master plan for Dimple Dell has included paving the North Rim Trail since the 1990’s.
“Those in wheelchairs, for instance. Mothers in strollers. Little kids, the elderly. Why should they not be able to enjoy this tremendous resources?” said Martin.
Still, the park is owned by the county — and it’s up to the county to decide what happens next.
A county parks spokesperson told ABC4 that voters approved a $31 million parks and recreation bond last fall.
$4 million of that is slated to pave Dimple Dell.
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition to stop the county from spending the $4 million it will take to pave the trail.
For more information on where to sign the petition you can go to change.org.