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New sign designating Orem’s Hillcrest Park.

Residents of the Hillcrest neighborhood of Orem are starting to see signs that a city park will soon be here.

“Last week, the city finalized an agreement with Blu Line Designs to design the city’s latest park located on 9.8 acres of property at 651 E. 1400 South,” said Brenn Bybee, deputy city manager. “Blu Line was selected for its experience building similar projects throughout the Wasatch Front, including work in Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Draper, Provo and Santaquin.”

The project’s first build-design meeting is scheduled in the coming weeks with plans to also hire a general contractor relatively quickly as the project gets underway, Bybee added.

The plan is to use a construction management/general contractor process for the construction of the $12 million park. The CMGC process was also used for the construction of the new Orem Family fitness center.

CMGC was selected due to a desire to expedite construction of the project – the city expects to smear the park this year.

Courtesy of the City of Orem

The Hillcrest Park gymnasium has been cleaned up and is now in use.

In the meantime, the city has cleaned up the gymnasium at the former Hillcrest Elementary School and it is now used by the city’s recreation department on Saturdays and for after-school activities.

Orem City Council, when selecting options for the park, chose to retain the newer parts of the school for community use. This includes the gym, a professional kitchen and more.

“The installation couldn’t have come at a better time for our department,” said Bryce Merrill, Director of Recreation. “With incredible demand and use of the new fitness center gymnasiums for our members and residents, we have been able to continue to grow and grow our recreational basketball program at Hillcrest Gyms.”

He said the city is just seeing the tip of the iceberg with what it will be able to offer residents with Hillcrest Park.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer so many new types of programming due to the availability of Hillcrest’s facilities. We are planning the two indoor pickleball courts for individuals and groups to come and use; volleyball, futsal and basketball for young people and adults. Additional scheduling for our PreK programs during the day is now also possible since we are not in conflict with a school schedule,” added Merrill.

Outdoor park facilities should include walking paths, playgrounds, wading pool, meditation areas, open playgrounds and restrooms as part of the overall design.

“Program Manager Debbie Boone and her team have designed an incredible portfolio of programs for families, kindergartners, youth sports and recreational activities,” Merrill said. “Six days a week you’ll start seeing basketball, pickleball, volleyball, futsal and more. And as the park project grows, I think we’ll continue to work with residents to design programs that work for everyone.

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