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Daybreak is well known in Utah and across the country for its imaginative parks—the latest of which is set to debut later this year in Heights Park Village. We’re excited to announce Firefly Park, a place for kids to burn off some energy and for everyone in the neighborhood to get together—even after dark. The park’s design includes a series of string lights around some small gathering places that create a great spot for a takeout picnic or a quiet evening chat with the neighbors over ice cream.

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Located along Porcini Way and between Split Rock Dr. and Rain Lily Dr., construction is set to begin this Spring and finish up before the end of the year. In addition to the lighted gathering spaces, the park includes a play structure, a large playfield for neighborhood pick up games, and some fun swings that sit underneath a pier that extends over the drainage basin.

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A common feature of many Daybreak parks are depressed areas that are designed to handle storm water runoff. Many people may not know that one of Daybreak’s fundamental design features is that the community retains all of it’s stormwater onsite rather than sending it through a long series of pipes to an offsite location. The purpose behind this is to help recharge the aquifer that resides deep below the surface which contributes to plant health and reduces dust in the atmosphere. During a flood event, the basins fill with rain water which slowly percolates down until it reaches the groundwater level. These basins are engineered to capture and retain a lot of storm water from around the area in which they are built, and therefore are often quite large and take up a lot of space in the parks. These particular basins needed to capture a lot of water, and therefore took up most of the space in the park’s initial design. As a means of improving the overall design of the park, the landscape architects came up with two piers that cantilever out over the basins to create a larger usable space at the street level. Some pretty smart thinking for a pretty smart park. Hope to see you there later this year.











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*The renderings used in this article are conceptual in nature.  Any illustrations are subject to change depending on a variety of factors which may alter views, shade, perceived privacy, adjacency to parks, trails or open space and amount/timing of traffic.  No commitments are made regarding the future development of Daybreak or the uses that will be made of land within or around Daybreak.

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