Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Children play in the water area during the grand opening of the Sierra Newbold Playground in West Jordan, Utah Friday, May 30, 2014. The playground is named after the 6-year-old girl who was abducted from her home on June 26, 2012, and killed. The new playground is part of the Ron Wood Park which is named after West Jordan Officer Ron Wood who was shot and killed Nov. 18, 2002, by a 17-year-old suspect wanted in connection with a string of burglaries. When all phases are complete, the park will total about 64 acres.
Playground opens bearing Sierra Newbold’s name

Tribute » Play equipment is accessible to children of all capabilities.

By pamela manson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published May 30 2014 03:18 pm • Last Updated May 30 2014 10:24 pm

West Jordan • To say that Noah Harper likes the new Sierra Newbold Playground would be an understatement.

"Make a playground like this just for me in our backyard," the 8-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, said as he explored the facility on Friday.

At a glance

About the playground and park

The Sierra Newbold Playground, in Ron Wood Park, 5900 New Bingham Highway in West Jordan, is designed for children of all abilities. The playground is part of the park’s Phase II, which also has two Jazz basketball courts, a splash pad, two tennis courts, pavilions and restrooms.

Phase II cost about $3.8 million and was funded by park impact fees, which are paid by developers. The West Jordan Exchange Club also has been raising money for the playground by selling metal balloons that will be attached to a donor wall. In addition, the basketball courts were funded in part by the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Charities.

The first phase of the park includes five baseball fields; in the next five years, fields for soccer, lacrosse, football and rugby are slated to be added. When all phases are completed, the park will cover about 64 acres.

To make a donation to support the playground, visit http://bit.ly/1kuk9d6.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

A rubberized surface makes the entire playground — which officially opened Friday — accessible to wheelchairs and walkers, like the one Noah uses, and allows children of all abilities to play on the equipment.

The Sierra Newbold Playground, at Ron Wood Park is named for a 6-year-old girl who was abducted from her West Jordan home in 2012 and killed. City officials say they chose the name to honor Sierra’s life and bring awareness to the evil of child abuse.

Sierra’s sister, 7-year-old Taylor, cut the ribbon during a ceremony attended by city officials, police officers and representatives of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Charities, which helped fund two new basketball courts at the park.

Sierra’s mother, Kathy Newbold, tearfully told those assembled: "I am deeply honored to stand before you today as a representative of my daughter.

"She was an amazing daughter. She loved the outdoors. This park is the best way to honor her and keep her memory alive."

West Jordan Mayor Kim Rolfe said naming a playground that celebrates children of all abilities after Sierra is a fitting tribute to the girl, who loved playing outdoors and making new friends.

"This park is a great community asset," the mayor added.

Friday’s event also celebrated the opening of the new Jazz basketball courts and a 6,600-square-foot splash pad. Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby told the attendees that "we want to be a part with you in making this a great community."


story continues below
story continues below

Following the ceremony, kids flocked into the 13,237-square-foot playground, which has ramps up to decks that have accessible play options and a transfer module so children can get onto the equipment. Other features include slides, swings, spinners, a spider web climber, a glider and musical play panels.

The park, at 5900 New Bingham Highway, is named after West Jordan Police Officer Ron Wood, who was shot and killed Nov. 18, 2002, by a robbery suspect he was chasing. The suspect, 17-year-old Justin Van Roekel, later shot and killed himself when confronted by another officer.

Sierra was kidnapped June 26, 2012, from her bedroom, beaten, raped, strangled and thrown into a nearby canal, where she drowned, according to court documents.

A neighbor, Terry Lee Black, 42, has been charged in the case with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and rape of a child. No trial dates have been set.

pmanson@sltrib.com

Twitter: @PamelaMansonSLC



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.