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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.