Get Out and Explore: How many Daybreak Residents Know About the Amphitheater?

By Elly, on 26-06-2008 15:37

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     A little while ago, scoop asked for writers who wanted to contribute to the Daybreak Daily.  I've been mulling over the idea of writing up some reviews of the parks in Daybreak and though this might be a good opportunity. There are a lot of great places in our community that many residents don't know much about. I plan to go explore them, write up my family's reactions and encourage everyone to get out and take advantage of this beautiful place in which we live.   


     Wandering around the trails on the southeastern hillside of Eastlake, we came across this beautiful little amphitheater hidden among the grasses. With a concrete stage area and mown lawn stadium seating it would be the perfect spot for a neighborhood kids’ play, local talent show, or even a family reunion. There are picnic tables with shade trees (on a summer evening the whole area is pretty shady) and parking spots up above, too.     


     There’s no playground equipment at this park (called Sunrise Park and tucked between Daybreak ViewParkway and Open Crest Drive, right off of Topview Road) but my school-age boys had a great time exploring the trails on their scooters, climbing rocks, and hiding in the tall grass. There are some spectacular viewpoints, and word is there will eventually be signs explaining the different view of the Wasatch mountain peaks throughout the year.     


    A word of caution: as the area is mostly hidden from the houses above and on the outskirts of Daybreak, it’s pretty lonesome. If they can hide a whole amphitheater there, what else could be hidden…? While a great space for groups or jogging through with a buddy, this is not a park I would visit alone. Also, it took two people to maneuver my semi-double stroller up and down those hills which was a pain in the neck. While it’s all wheelchair (and stroller) accessible—there are even special picnic tables for wheelchairs—the steep hills and sloped trails make it pretty tricky.     


     The amphitheater is not available to reserve, yet. In fact, they tell me it may not be turned over to the community until next year. I’ve heard rumors that it will be given to South Jordan and in exchange the city will put in a sound system, covered stage, and other equipment to bring it to a more professional level so the Daybreak Theatre Group can use it regularly. In the meantime, the park is open and Daybreak residents are free to use it when they wish.      


     Overall, I give it four out of five stars. It’s a beautiful place and the amphitheater is a great community amenity, but its seclusion makes it a little scary plus it’s not easily maneuverable in a stroller or wheelchair. 


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would love an invite next time

By: Scoop (Registered) on 28-06-2008 09:44

would love an invite next time

By: Scoop (Registered IP on 28-06-2008 09:44

I wish I knew about that event, it would have been fun...next time send me an invite


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By: unknown (Registered) on 28-06-2008 09:13


By: unknown (Registered IP on 28-06-2008 09:13

One of the Daybreak bands, the Cellar Dwellers, played there last night. It was a great fun. It is a bit of a hike from the parking to the grassy area and I'm not sure all the trails lead there. We kind of found it by trial and error. It would be nice to have signs marking which path(s) to take. Also, the road is narrow and I'm not sure two cars can pass each other but there is no sign marking the traffic flow. My kids loved rolling down the hills between the levels.


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