April 21, 2021


A message from City Council Woman Kelly Smith:

Like many of you, our family stayed close to home more often over this past year.
Although this was challenging in many ways, we did enjoy more visits to our local parks and use of the beautiful trail system.  I was shocked and saddened to hear of the ever-increasing park vandalism that has been
occurring throughout our City, even at our new Harvey Park. The City has experienced over $75,000 in damage just this year!  As a City Council, we have been discussing how to prevent vandalism. We have recently installed cameras at Harvey, and other parks, to deter those who would destroy or damage property. We also encourage park goers to report suspicious activities/vandalism immediately to American Fork Police. If you need to report damage that has already occurred, contact the City Office. We welcome your suggestions for additional ways to protect our beautiful parks. Please e-mail suggestions to Mayor Andersen at dandersen@cedarhills.org.


What else can we do? As a retired schoolteacher, I know that our youth often have the best solutions and we would love to hear from you!  To encourage community input, the City is sponsoring an art contest:

  • Cedar Hills residents ages Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
  • Artwork should be submitted in any medium, on an 8”x10” piece of paper.
  • Submissions should depict how they can help and encourage others to take care of our parks, along with a one-sentence written statement on the front.
  • Participant’s name, age, and parent/guardian phone number should be included on the back of each submission

Submissions will be accepted at the City Office building from April 1st – April 30th.  Winners will be announced in the May newsletter and displayed on the City website for the following categories: Kindergarten-3rd grade, Grades 4th-6th, Grades 7th-9th, and Grades 9th-12th.


I love being a member of this community and appreciate how much Cedar Hills’ residents deeply care for our local parks.  I look forward to working with you to ensure they are beautiful, safe, and enjoyable for years to come.