A couple months ago I asked some aggressive questions on my blog, discussing whether the Equestrian Park was a good use of taxpayer funds. I was basing my thoughts on information I received through our budget process. I was told there was no way this facility could ever be profitable, or even break even. When I saw that taxpayers provide a $900,000 annual subsidy for this facility, I was concerned.
I am deeply impressed by the residents of the Equestrian Park Coalition, a group dedicated to the improvement of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park. I met with them on Tuesday evening, and these passionate advocates have been integral in providing information and insight.
In recent weeks I have learned a great deal about the number of people who benefit from the park, the scope of high-profile events that use the facilities, and the overall value it provides to users, neighbors, and the county as a whole. I had no idea. Yesterday I had a chance to tour the entire facility and learn about all it’s various amenities. It was a great eye opener for me to better understand the value of the park, as well as some of the challenges that need to be resolved.
Moving forward, as we work together to discuss the future of the park, a few key principles should guide our analysis:
Aimee Winder Newton has been serving on the Salt Lake County Council since January 2014. She is the current chair of the council. Her district encompasses Murray, Taylorsville, West Valley City and West Jordan, and a small portion of South Salt Lake and Millcreek... [read more]