Nibley plans 50-acre, $5 million sports park as it plans for city growth

NIBLEY — Nibley City will soon begin construction on a long-range plan for a $5 million, 50-acre, state-of-the-art sports park that will include five baseball fields, four soccer fields, a basketball court and tennis courts.City Manager Larry Anhder says Nibley is the fastest growing city in Cache Valley. Construction on the park should begin in a year or two, and it’s estimated completion is 25-30 years from now, Anhder said, assuming a city growth rate of between 6 percent and 7 percent, and that around 50 or 60 new homes are built each year.Barbara Willden, 75, a seven-year Nibley resident, likes the idea of her great-grandchildren having a place to play. “Playing sports is a great modern-day way of keeping children occupied and out of trouble,” she said. “If a child is playing soccer four nights a week their schedule is full.”This is a project for the future’s needs, not necessarily ours,” she said.Most residents are in favor of the park, said Anhder. Surveys were sent out in the residential utility bills, and 48 percent of those who responded said Nibley does not have adequate park space.But lifelong resident Neil McBride, 67, disagrees with the park project, and said many other residents of Nibley also feel strongly against it. “Why do we need it?” he asked. “We have at least seven parks already.”

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