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Neighbors come together to rebuild park

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – When a neighborhood park in Taylorsville was in need of a serious makeover residents took matters into their own hands.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – When a neighborhood park in Taylorsville was in need of a serious makeover residents took matters into their own hands. Saturday, after a year of planning and work their vision is coming full circle.

It's out with the old and in with the new at Azure Meadows Park. Danny Jones grew up just across the street and watched as the park deteriorated over the years.

"Really none of the equipment was really safe and it was really small too. There wasn't much you could do on it," says Jones.

That's why he approached the city to see if there was anything that could be done about his childhood park.

"When we saw this neighborhoods need we really worked with our playground representatives to come up with a plan that took care of all the features the neighbors wanted and they really worked with us on the price," says Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Rhetta McIff.

A year later people from the neighborhood are gathering the troops.

"I knew it was important and my husband and I have been walking through the neighborhood passing out flyers, Facebook groups, just making sure everyone was aware of what we were doing today," says neighbor, Clair Curtis.

To provide the labor to put their new park together.

"Residents make a city, so for the city to have residents come to us for these projects, that's really to me the way things should move," says McIff.

A collaborative effort that is building a sense of community.

"Obviously it saves money, but it also creates community cohesion, brings the neighborhood together," says Jones.

While preserving a park for the next generation to enjoy.

"It's going to be fun, because it has lots of slides and monkey bars and stuff you can climb on," says future park user, Kayla Richman.

Neighbors will meet up again on Monday to spread wood chips through the playground. After that the park will be open for business.

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