The Utah Arts Festival, which has been held at the Triad Center 14 years, will move to a new location, the Utah State Fairpark, beginning in the summer of 2000.
Members of the board for the state's largest art event voted unanimously Tuesday evening for the move, which will become necessary as city streets continue to undergo change that will ultimately take light rail and the Gateway project through Triad Center property.Other sites considered included the E Center in West Valley City and the Pioneer Park area in Salt Lake City. Festival organizers conducted two on-site surveys, a statewide telephone opinion poll and sent out a request for proposals from possible site locations.
"We wanted to do it thoroughly and do it right. We received many great proposals, but after much research and discussion we decided the Fairpark is the best location. It has all the resources to meet our goals and our mission," said Barbara S. Losse, chairwoman of the festival board.
Fairpark and festival officials have yet to work out figures on what it will cost the festival to hold its activities at the Fairpark, Losse said.
This year's festival, held June 25-28, attracted about 75,000 people, about 10,000 less than usually attend the festival, Nelson said.