How Utah State University plans to provide agricultural education in expanding urban setting

The Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan, Utah.

The Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan is pictured on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Utah State University will assume ownership of the center after years of debate over the viability of the facility. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

USU to acquire S.L. County Equestrian Center in land exchange

Utah State University will assume ownership of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan in a land exchange between the parties that will shift control of the facility to the university.

In exchange, the county will receive 50 acres in Herriman that were given to USU by the Bastian Family Foundation. The land will enable hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers to access Butterfield Canyon. A formal announcement is expected soon.

Community Services Department Director Holly Yocom said under the agreement, the county maintains the first right of refusal should the university decide to sell the 119 acres in South Jordan.

The county will also be selling 31 water shares to USU under a separate agreement “to allow them to do some work on the property,” Yocom said. The county would also have first right of refusal for the water shares should the university decide to sell them, she said.

A conceptual use plan envisions developing a natural resource area as part of the USU Bastian Agricultural Center featuring a lake with an activity island, eco island, beach and docks.

It would also include an amphitheater, water education and native plants.

One of the donor’s primary goals is to provide agricultural education and experiences to an increasingly urban population, county documents state.

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Under the plan, USU Extension will continue to operate the majority of current equestrian services at the park as well as other agricultural and educational programming.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan is pictured on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Utah State University will assume ownership of the center after years of debate over the viability of the facility. Under the plan, USU Extension will continue to operate the majority of current equestrian services at the park as well as other agricultural and educational programming. One significant change will be eliminating the racetrack at the facility. It is anticipated that the land will be developed into amenities for agricultural and educational programming.

Plans also include adding a STEM center (science, technology, engineering and math), a plant production center, animal center and nature resource area to the current equestrian facility located at 2100 W. 11400 South.

The land gifted to USU by the Bastian Family Foundation and then traded to the county is the “Trailhead Property,” three parcels located south of state Route 111 between 7902 West and 8300 West.

Under the plan, USU will update arenas and facilities to attract more equine and non-equine events in the future.

One significant change will be eliminating the racetrack from the facility. A number …read more

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