Stansbury Park, Utah

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Stansbury Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tooele County, Utah, United States. The population was 2,385 at the 2000 census; the 1990 census population was 1,049.

Stansbury Park is located in the northern end of Tooele Valley at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains. Traveling by Interstate 80, Stansbury Park is 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stansbury Park was proposed by the original developer (Terracor) as a planned community with a lake for sailing and canoeing, an eighteen-hole golf course, clubhouse, swimming pool, and parks. Although the original developer withdrew from the scene in the 1980s due to bankruptcy, that plan has generally been followed. The parks throughout Stansbury Park include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, play areas for children, skateboard park, and an astronomical observatory. A large park northwest of Utah State Route 138 is being developed and will open in late 2011.[3] In addition, a natural lake (The Mill Pond) exists on the northern edge of the area; it is fed by a spring at its southeast end. The water from this lake is piped around the Oquirrh Mountain Range (east of Stansbury Park) to the Kennecott Company's copper mine refinery operation (the runoff water from the lake enters a large pipe NW of the Benson Grist Mill for transport to the Kennecott operation).

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Recreation

The 18-hole public golf course runs through the center of Stansbury Park. It contains 14 lakes. All the par 3 holes are over water and 16 of the holes have water hazards. In the winter time, Stansbury Park is often the only course open in the greater Salt Lake City area. The course has a clubhouse with food service, a pro shop, putting green and driving range.

The Harmon's astronomical observatory, the Stansbury Park Observing Complex, is at the north end near the skateboard park. The observatory boasts a 40 cm (16") Ealing reflector, an 81 cm (32") reflector and a 200mm (8") refractor along with computerized tracking and CCD imaging capabilities. The facility is owned and operated by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society.[4]

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