Seven Peaks is proceeding with plans for an Olympic ice-skating sheet at the base of Maple Mountain even though its proposed ski resort has been put on ice.
Seven Peaks owner Victor Borcherds agreed last summer to donate land near his water park in southeast Provo for an Olympic-size ice sheet. The sheet would be used for training and preliminary skating competitions in conjunction with the 1998 Winter Olympics as well as by the general community.The Utah Sports Authority has $100,000 set aside for preliminary design work on the facility. But first the sports authority needs the deed to the three- to five-acre piece of property Borcherds has agreed to donate for the sheet.
"He's (the architect) ready to go and review all that (design of the facility)," said Neal Stowe, director of facility development for the sports authority. "But it's inappropriate to have him do something when we don't have a commitment from the property owner."
Borcherds will actually deed the property to Provo City, which will then deed it to the sports authority.
The sports authority does not absolutely need the deed to the property until June, Stowe said.
Still, "We are anxious to demonstrate the sports authority's commitment to the city and area for some programming," Stowe said.
James Young, who represents Utah County on the sports authority board, said he is anxious to ensure that Utah County gets the ice sheet and is thus able to participate in the worldwide event.
Borcherds told the Deseret News he has been preoccupied with trying to straighten out his ski resort proposal and has put the ice sheet "on the back burner."
Besides, Borcherds said, "nobody's been pushing it (getting the property deed)."
Marlo Jensen, Provo City business development specialist, said the city gave Borcherds a document to review and sign several weeks ago that would deed his property over to Provo. Jensen acknowledged that Borcherds has been "tied up with his other project."