The memorandum establishes the roles and responsibilities for each party in the development, operation and management of the Lions Park, trail and transportation hub located along the southeastern edge of the Colorado River just north of Moab (see related story on page B1).
According to the memorandum, the county and city agree to manage the site as a partnership until the park reopens after construction of the new Colorado River Bridge is completed. At that time, a formal interlocal agreement will be signed by the city and county, city officials said Tuesday night.
The interlocal agreement will specify the responsibilities for the cost-sharing of monthly water, sewer and electrical utility services. The city and county also both agree to create a shared-funding mechanism for all major repairs at the facility.
According to the document, Grand County agrees to complete construction of the Lions Park/state Route 128 underpass and the funded portions of the Colorado River Trail from Lions Park to the completed section of trail along SR 128.
Moab city agrees to manage the $100,000 planning design grant for the park. The grant is funded by the National Park Service, according to the memorandum. The city will also provide and fund regular maintenance and upkeep of park grounds and facilities in the portion of the park that lies within city limits, and will help the county with trash pickup to the county (north) portion of the park. The city will also manage any rental and reservation services for the pavilion.
The combined north and south portions of the park are comprised of approximately 156 acres and of this, approximately five acres are owned by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). That area will likely decrease, city officials said.
“UDOT intends to transfer the surplus portion of Lions Park property to either the city of Moab or Grand County after construction is complete on the U.S. 191 Colorado River Bridge Project,” UDOT region 4 director Nathan Lee said in a letter to Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison and Grand County Council chairman Bob Greenberg,
The transfer would increase the size of the property owned by the city and county by approximately 2.48 acres.
According to Moab City Engineer Dan Stenta, all four lanes of the new bridge spanning the Colorado River are scheduled to be completed by early 2012. Looking beyond the current chaos of construction, Lions Park will become a stunning entry point to the city of Moab, Stenta said.