Wild West Jordan Playground 2.0
Join us for the ribbon-cutting and opening of the playground on October 17 at 5:30 p.m. The playground is located at 1825 West 8000 South.
It's beginning to look like a playground! The Wild West Jordan Playground in Veterans Memorial Park is still under construction, but the equipment is up and the soft-fall material is currently being installed.
Construction of the playground is well underway. By the end of August, the playground will be completely installed and the sidewalk along the perimeter will be in place. The final stages of the project will occur in September, this includes installing a drainage system and pour-in-place rubberized play surface, perimeter fencing, picnic tables, and park benches.
The playground equipment has arrived at Veterans Memorial Park. Crews have begun unboxing and installing playground equipment. After the slides, swings, and other equipment are installed, crews will work on sidewalks and ground cover. The playground is expected to open in Fall 2019.
At the March 13, 2019, City Council meeting, the Council approved a final design for the new Wild West Jordan Playground. The approved design includes additional playground equipment, which will make the all-abilities playground even better than originally proposed! Take a look at the concept renderings. Because the play equipment is custom, the playground completion has been delayed until fall. The wait will be worth it because the playground will now have even more toys for children of all abilities to enjoy!
The original Wild West Jordan Playground was built in 2005 and was weathered by time and worn out by love. Extremely heavy use and our severe climate wore it to the point of being unsafe. In short, it was “loved to death.” Knowing how beloved this iconic feature was within the community as well as its history as a community-funded and built project, city officials hired contractors to complete a playground assessment and a safety audit. They concluded that the most fiscally responsible and safest option for children would be to rebuild the playground with modern materials and an all-abilities-friendly design – all while incorporating the Wild West theme.
The decision to rebuild was not made lightly. This playground was a city icon that brought countless hours of joy and laughter to thousands of children. A town hall meeting was held November 12th and was streamed on the West Jordan City Hall Facebook Page. The playground was a community-driven labor of love – and we want the new park to be that as well, so we asked for input on the types of amenities to include via a survey that was conducted last November/December. From this survey, the playground designer designed an all-abilities, state-state-of-the-art playground for children to enjoy for many years to come.
West Jordan City Officials – past and present – wish to thank all those who had the vision for the Wild West Jordan Playground, including: Mountain America Credit Union and many other businesses for sponsoring it; the 6,000 volunteers who helped fundraise for it and build it; and the thousands of children who have enjoyed it. It has been the site of many great memories, and we look forward to opening a new playground in the fall 2019 where the sounds of laughter can be heard for many years to come.
8000 S. Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
City Hall Hours
(excluding all state and federal holidays)
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the original Wild West Jordan Playground being replaced?
The Wild West Jordan Playground was built in 2005. Extremely heavy use and our severe climate have worn it to the point of being unsafe. City officials hired contractors to complete a playground assessment and a safety audit. They concluded that the most fiscally responsible and safest option for children would be to rebuild the playground with modern materials and an all-abilities-friendly design.
Why couldn't we just repair the playground?
Due to the playground’s poor condition and numerous safety concerns, the Mayor and City Council ruled out repairing the playground for the following reasons:
Renovation would not resolve some safety concerns caused by the playground’s design:
Numerous blind spots make it difficult for parents to keep track of children
Hidden areas encourage misuse by over-age users
Use zones are inadequate and some design features present fall or entrapment risks
Current playground doesn’t allow access to children of all abilities
Even complete renovation would be a relatively short-term fix because of the lack of durability of the wood-based and old technology composite construction materials.
Renovation would have cost over $500,000 and required extensive and difficult annual maintenance at $15,000 to $20,000/year plus substantial staff time.
What will the new playground be like?
The new playground will be western themed (see concept plan). The materials will be much more durable than the wood-based materials of the original playground, and the design will make it possible for children of all abilities to access it and play next to their friends.
When will the new playground be completed?
After the initial plans were presented, more playground components were added to the design. These custom components have delayed the opening of the playground until fall 2019.
What will happen with the donor pickets and pavers from the 2005 Playground?
Donor pickets and pavers from the 2005 Playground will be kept for donors to collect. They can be picked up in the Parks Maintenance Office on the south end of Veterans Memorial Park, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(Note: Unfortunately, over the years, some of the bricks and pickets have been stolen or broken, so not all of the originals are still available.) Check the lists for your name to see if your picket, brick or brass placard is available.