Stansbury Park, Utah
|Stansbury Park, Utah|
Location in Tooele County and the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the United States
|Named for||Howard Stansbury|
|• Type||Unincorporated area|
|• Total||1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)|
|• Land||1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||4,295 ft (1,309 m)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||1436424|
Official Service Agency Website|
Official Stansbury Park Community Association Website
Stansbury Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tooele County, Utah, United States. The population was 5,145 at the 2010 Census; it was 2,385 at the 2000 census; the 1990 census population was 1,049.
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. 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 outflow 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).
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. During the winter, 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 200 mm (8") refractor along with computerized tracking and CCD imaging capabilities. The facility is owned and operated by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. In 2017 another building was erected north of the original complex buildings, to house the world's largest amateur-built reflector telescope.
Schools and churches
Stansbury Park has four public-education schools and one charter school. There are three public elementary schools (K through 6th grades) and one high school. Stansbury Elementary opened in 1979, Rose Springs Elementary opened in 2005, and Old Mill opened in 2017. Stansbury High School (9th through 12th), just southwest of Rose Springs Elementary School, opened in August 2009. Bonneville Academy, on the west edge of Stansbury Park, is a K-8 Charter school with a focus on STEM education.
As of 2009, there were five church buildings in Stansbury Park, all units of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). An LDS meetinghouse northwest of the Benson Grist Mill was placed into service in early 2009; that area was not part of the original Stansbury Park proposal, but since its water and sewer are provided by the Stansbury Park Improvement District, it is now considered an integral part of the development.
The area includes several businesses, clustered in two developments at the southeast and northeast corners of the area along Utah State Route 36.
As of 2017, the community is not incorporated; thus all municipal services (except for water and sewer service) are provided by Tooele County. A proposal to incorporate was voted down in November 2015.
Stansbury Park receives mail service from the Tooele (Utah) Post Office, ZIP 84074.
Drinking water for Stansbury Park comes from deep wells about two miles southeast of the park, east of Utah State Route 36. Originally, the golf course was watered from another deep well within the Park boundary at the southeast corner, but that water had such a high level of hardness that it was abandoned in 1985 and the potable-water well is now also used to serve the golf course. Sewer service is provided by a lagoon complex northwest of the community (north of Utah State Route 138). These services are administered by the Stansbury Park Improvement District.
The golf course, swimming pool, and common areas within Stansbury Park were originally administered by two separate service districts (Stansbury Greenbelt Service Area #1 and SGSA #2), but since August 1992 have been administered by a combined district, the Stansbury Service Agency, whose volunteer, unpaid board members are elected by the population.
Woodland Park, near the southeast end of Stansbury Park, contains trees which existed before the development started. The park area was the site of a large horse stable complex before and during the first part of the area's present development. It presently contains a children's playground and a basketball court.
Benson Grist Mill, north of the original area of Stansbury Park, is a restoration of an actual nineteenth-century water-powered (powered by waterflow from The Mill Pond) wheat-grinding mill built on that site, and has grown into a recreational and historical interest area.
Stansbury Lake, southwest of The Mill Pond, is a manmade lake. A peninsula which extends into the lake, called Captain's Island, contains 178 houses, and there are another 143 houses along the lake's shores. The lake is noted for its boating (non-motor-powered boats only, although electric motors are now allowed), swimming, and fishing. Resident fish include bluegill, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, grass carp, and yellow perch. Black crappie were planted at one time but have apparently not continued. Carp have been introduced at times in attempts to control weed growth in the lake.
The original addressing scheme for Stansbury Park was to divide the area into neighborhoods, each with a name and with the houses therein to be numbered from 1 to XXX. The three original neighborhoods were Country Club, Lake View, and Mill Pond (which consisted of blocks of condominiums rather than individual houses). This addressing system is confusing to resident and outsider alike, and areas developed since 1990 have abandoned that concept, instead using individual street names and house numbers which integrate into the Tooele City numbering system (although the starting point of Tooele City's numbering system is some seven miles distant).
Stansbury Park has an active community association, originally named the Stansbury Park Homeowners Association, but now named the Stansbury Park Community Association. This organization grants preliminary approval to housing and remodeling plans within the service area (Tooele County Engineering Department grants final approval), and organizes outdoor activities such as Stansbury Days every third Saturday in August, Easter Egg hunts, gardening classes and other local celebrations such as fireworks displays on holidays. In its early days it published an annual telephone/address directory covering the area.
Stansbury Park is located on State Route 36 about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of the city of Tooele.
Stansbury Park is approximately 23 miles (30 minutes) from the Salt Lake International Airport
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,385 people, 701 households, and 625 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,842.7 people per square mile (713.8/km²). There were 718 housing units at an average density of 554.7/sq mi (214.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.60% White, 0.50% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.53% of the population.
There were 701 households out of which 55.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.5% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.8% were non-families. 9.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.64.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 37.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $66,295, and the median income for a family was $67,930. Males had a median income of $47,008 versus $31,477 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,347. None of the families and 0.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
- Tooele Transcript-Bulletin website. The opening was planned for late 2011, but the transplanted trees were not sufficiently established at that time, delaying the opening to public access.
- In 2002 the Harmons grocery store chain made a substantial donation toward construction of the modern facility; thus in some literature the observatory is called The Harmon Observatory.
- Salt Lake Astronomical Society website
- Bauman, Joe. The Salt Lake Astronomical Society invites its members to a ground-breaking for the building that will house this planet’s largest amateur telescope, a behemoth with a mirror 70 inches in diameter and a frame 35 feet long. The informal session begins 5 p.m. on Saturday, 18 March 2017, at the group’s observatory in Stansbury Park, Tooele County.
- Service Agency Sees Plans for Old Mill Elementary. Tooele Transcript (25 February 2016)
-  Stansbury High School website
- The Census Bureau datum lists the geographic area as 1.5 square miles. However, the developed area as of 2014 exceeds 2.1 square miles.
-  Google Maps, accessed 7 March 2011
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