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Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation
Sunset Park Celebrates Completion of Major Renovation

 

A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday near the new splash pad and playground area just north of the administrative building to celebrate the grand reopening of Sunset Park.

The renovation project started in June 2011. Seventy-five of the park’s 325 acres have received improvements. Much of the upgrade occurred around Sunset Lake, including the addition of a walking loop with exercise stations, lake-edge lighting, pedestrian plaza, restroom, and a remodeled dock for remote-controlled boats. A new playground features a tree house, swinging bridge and slides that look like petrified logs. The nearby splash pad offers water fun during the hottest weather. Picnic spots have new shade structures, and turf areas are more spacious. A new roadway opened in the fall of 2012 to improve access to parking areas and other features in the park.

Sunset Park has historical importance of which some might not be aware. At the center of the park is the last remaining portion of sand dunes that once stretched across the southern part of the valley. The site was home to early ranchers and Native Americans, drawn there by water from artesian wells, and food-bearing trees and plants. Paiute Indians inhabited the area and traded seeds, nuts and turquoise with visitors. Water still flows naturally under the park and provides irrigation.