Central Park was a former elementary school that was acquired by the city of South Salt Lake in 2009. While the initial plan for the park was to demolish the school and transform the entire 9-acre site into a community park; the building was immediately adapted for temporary use by the city’s Police Athletic League, an afterschool sports and tutoring program. In 2012, Io completed an updated master plan for the park that included keeping a portion of the building while adapting the rest of the site to accommodate baseball & soccer fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, community gathering space, and a pavilion.
Following the completion of the Master Plan, the city initiated a deal with Head Start to sell a portion of the site to the school program to build a much needed facility in the area. In 2013 Io updated the Master Plan to accommodate the new use on the site, and began construction drawings for phase I improvements which include alterations to the parking lot, lighting, new sidewalks, landscape berming, drainage bioswales, landscape, and irrigation. Construction on the landscape will begin in the spring of 2014.