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The Easternmost Area of Murray City Needs a Park!

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The Easternmost Area of Murray City Needs a Park!

Please follow the advice from the Murray City General Plan: to ensure that the provision and maintenance of parks and open space facilities are a priority as Murray grows and changes in the future. We ask that you approach the Di Sera family with a fair market value proposal to purchase their land and create the Leonard and Mary Di Sera Memorial Park.

The Fontaine Bleu to Vine Street section of the proposed Murray City Canal Trail is a little-known natural green space along the canal. The area is treasured by residents who walk along the canal and enjoy wildlife, majestic mountain views and a sense of serenity not found in a typical Murray City neighborhood. Murray City is spending $700,000 to develop the trail with Wheeler Farm as a destination location at the southwest end, leaving the Vine Street to Fontaine Bleu end of the trail without a destination.

The 725 acre, easternmost area of Murray, bounded by Van Winkle, 1300 East and I-215 was annexed in 2001 and 2002 from unincorporated Salt Lake County and is the largest, and one of only a couple of areas in the City not served by a park. Murray City takes great pride in the availability of parks and in providing a high quality of life for those who live in the City.

The recent deaths of longtime Murray residents Leonard and Mary Di Sera, and the impending availability of their acreage at 1691 E. Vine Street have prompted neighbors to petition the City for a park in that location. For decades Leonard Di Sera farmed the land by himself, providing organic heirloom produce for local grocery stores and for his neighbors. In addition, his beautifully planted and tended farm provided a beauty and greenspace in the area that was treasured by neighbors almost as much as by the Di Sera family.

As residents and neighbors, we petition you to purchase Leonard and Mary’s property from their children establishing the Leonard and Mary Di Sera Memorial Park. A park in our east Murray neighborhood would also provide value to the City and its residents as an east side destination for the trail. Leonard and Mary’s immigrant story is an incredible one, and the kindness, love and work ethic they displayed is an example to all who knew them. A park on their property would honor their legacy and would provide convenient park access for Murray’s tax base and residents.

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