Antelope Island announces a new training center

SYRUKUZA, Utah (ABC4) – The Utah State Parks Department, Friends of Antelope Island and County Davis have gathered to renovate and expand the park’s current visitor center to a state-of-the-art training center. .

The antelope island recently gained popularity and became the third park in Utah. In 2021, the island had 1,074,570 visitors, compared to 815,445 in 2020.

“Antelope Island’s popularity is growing,” Park manager Jeremy Shaw said. “Improving and expanding the amenities in the garden will help us meet this growing demand and also improve the visitor experience.”

The current park tourist center was built in 1996. Originally planned as a two-phase construction project, the second phase was never completed and the growth of the park exceeded the demand of the facility in its place.

Construction, which has been underway for the past eight months, would not have been possible without the $ 1 million grant the department received last year.

The construction process plan is to renovate and expand the building to the training center. Weber State University, Westminster College and the State of Utah and the University of Utah are supporting the construction process by funding research laboratories, work space and exhibitions to study the island and the Great Salt Lake.

In addition, the new training center will have an auditorium that welcomes schoolchildren on field trips where they can participate in discussions, demonstrations and lectures.

“Having the most certified dark sky in the world is one of the most expensive ways Utah has,” said Vicki Varela, director of Utah’s tourism department. “Everything of value requires management so that we can enjoy them now and also protect them for future generations.”

The new training center will add 15,000 square feet to the existing 5,100-square-foot center.

The new building will additionally include an explosion area and an entrance area, where special events, corporate meetings and private receptions will be held with beautiful views of the island, the Great Salt Lake and the Vasatch Front.

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