Enterprise City Park
Volunteers Make Dream a Reality
Enterprise, Utah, will soon be home to a seven-acre park where children will play, families gather, teams compete and city officials will meet. It’s a dream that was a long time in coming.
“The city has never really had a big, formal park like this,” says Adam Bowler, Enterprise city manager. “We have some green space with pavilions and a few Little League fields, but to have a community center with a playground and a splash pad is pretty ambitious for a city of our size.”
Enterprise has a population of less than 2,000 people and about 500 households. But the people, businesses, and resources in and around Enterprise combined to make the impressive project a reality.
In addition to hundreds of volunteers providing most of the labor, several businesses helped make the project a reality through sponsorships, product donations or discounts.
“We knew we had to provide the materials in order to make the volunteer effort work,” Bowler says. “So, we went out and talked to businesses who supplied the materials we need. They’ve given us deals on things. Some of the materials were donated, and some were sold to us at cost.”
Sponsorships also helped reduce the cost of the park. Zions Bank gave the project its first large contribution of $50,000. After that, more businesses became interested in the park project and donated as well. To date, the city has raised nearly $1 million in funds. That money, combined with the $1 million saved on labor through volunteer hours, has made the park possible.
“I think the most important thing is that it will provide a gathering place for everyone in the community, not just a few people,” Bowler says. “We haven’t named it yet, but we’d like to come up with a name that signifies all the effort that was put into it. The volunteer effort has really unified us.”
Gather, Splash and Play
Once completed, the yet-unnamed park will have a flat grassy area for soccer games and other activities, a playground, a multiuse amphitheater, tennis courts and an enclosed sport court building. It will also feature a community building with a large meeting hall, serving kitchen and restrooms to accommodate the nearby splash pad. There will be several pavilions with cooking and serving areas. “That’s an important thing in the community,” Bowler says.
“We’ve had the property for more than 20 years, and we came up with a plan for the park a few years ago,” Bowler says. “The community really got energized about it, so we decided to try to get it finished.”
Bowler estimates that volunteer efforts have saved the city about $1 million in labor costs without any sacrifice in quality. “We have people with specific skills, people who are experts in dirt work, or concrete, or construction, and they have come and spent weeks’ worth of donated time,” Bowler says. “So even though the work is being done by volunteers, the work is not unskilled.”