What's next for Utah State Fairpark land?

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  • SummitHigh Salt Lake City, UT
    May 20, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    If the state has determined that both the State Fairgrounds and the State Prison are or will be in need of major renovation in the near future, why not swap locations?

    There are many advantages to having the state penitentiary close to the urban core, many cities across the country and world do this already. One advantage is that employees, volunteers, and families can all access the centrally-located facility much easier. Depending on the offense, having loved ones relatively close rather than hours away by automobile has been shown to possibly help individuals that are serving time turn their lives around.

    On the other side, it would be easy to market a new State Fairgrounds near the "Point of the Mountain." Attendance to the State Fair would skyrocket the first year, and other events could easily be booked there year round. Perhaps the state even sell some of the land there to Draper city for development?

    Just a thought.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    May 20, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    Prime real estate, close to town right on the train route. This new business model of taking land owned by us all and putting it into the hands of a few very well connected is terrible. Socialize the loss, privatize the gain should be the new state motto.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 20, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    They used to have more events there year round. I remember going to auto races and hockey games there as a kid. Now it seems to only get used once per year. You can't really justify putting much money into something that only gets used once per year.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    May 19, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    Anyone wondering what's wrong with Utah's State Fair needs only to go to Wisconsin's, Nebraska's, or Iowa's.
    In Wisconsin, the grounds are kept clean and fresh no matter how large the crowd. The food is much better, with the carny-trucks relegated to one area.
    They even have a building dedicated solely to making cream puffs from Wisconsin ingredients (cream, wheat flour, etc). Those cream puffs were so good, we paid another day's entry fee just to go buy one more (and split it).
    There was fish boil from Door County, steak sandwiches from a farmer's group and a beer garden with bratwurst.
    In Utah, we walked on dirty asphalt that was so stick our shoes stuck to it. It was hot and dusty, no shade, the carny-atmosphere took too much space, and some categories obviously had no interest. (The winning basil plant was shockingly awful.)

    Sorry, Utah. But you lost us at "dirty". We didn't notice run-down buildings (sorry, Jackie Nokes!) but did notice the general filth and LITTER.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Its part of the plan, neglect the buildings for many years, then say it is too run down to use. Sell to your buddies, collect your pay. It is the Utah way.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Having worked in the neighborhood over decades, it is my opinion that the legislature has demonstrated neglect to the property, letting it fall into disrepair then, as they have done with the idea of moving the State Prison, declare that it is in the best interests of the "people" to sell the property to some developer who will develop the property, make a killing at it, and then move the Fair to the Dark side of the moon, or anywhere out of the way.

    I suggest that the land be developed, for year 'round exhibition space(s) and an moderized Fair location. You have public transportation to the door. Restaurants in the area, and more would come if the property is properly developed, and the State would make money in the long haul.

    I think we will see the land sold for development, a reduced, anemic Fair for a short time until it dies out, and some glass covered building(s) with cube farms.

    We need to pay attention to our elected officials, they tend to run amok if unattended.

  • MAFU Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    The State should have worked with RSL to land Rio Tinto Stadium on the Fair Park Grounds. It would have been an economic boon to the West Side of SL. The revenue streams that would have been created by building the stadium on the Fair Grounds could have provided the necessary funds to refurbish and improve the infrastructure at the Fair Park. You would have had door stop service with TRAX and better connectivity to the freeways. Look no further than the Cotton Bowl on the grounds of the Texas State Fair.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    I've often wondered why the fairgrounds doesn't get used for some of the events that are at the southtowne events center.

    For instance the boat show and/or the RV show it would seem to me to be well suited to the fairgrounds rather than having all those rigs crowded into the southtowne center.

    There are probably others too.

    Maybe the rent space is prohibitively high at the fairgrounds??