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February 18, 2014


New Trail to Expand Wasatch Back Trail System

By Heather Stewart

Park City – Right now it’s all about the fabulous powder on Utah’s slopes. But from spring through fall, outdoor enthusiasts hit the state’s mountain trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding. This spring, work will begin on a brand-new trail that, at nearly 23 miles, is set to be the longest non-motorized trail outside of the Wasatch Front.

The Wasatch Over Wasatch (WOW) trail will loop through WASATCH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, cutting briefly through DEER VALLEY RESORT. The trail will open up new areas of the park for non-motorized activities, and it will connect to several other existing trail systems and campgrounds.

The WOW trail is the result of public and private contributions, says Charlie Sturgis, executive director of the MOUNTAIN TRAILS FOUNDATION. That foundation partnered with the WASATCH TRAILS ALLIANCE to spearhead the project, and it contributed $25,000 to the effort.

The two nonprofits and other donors pulled together more than $100,000 for the trail and, as a result, scored a $100,000 matching grant from the UTAH DIVISION OF STATE PARKS.

The $215,000 trail is essentially funded, says Sturgis, which will enable construction of the trail to begin in the spring. “It could be finished in one season,” he says.

Sturgis says investing in trails is an investment in the economy of the state and the health of the population. He notes that summer visitors to Utah spend on average $110 each day on food, shopping and recreational activities.

“The local rider isn’t worth as much, but they’re worth a lot because they’re out there riding almost every day,” he says, adding that avid bikers spend a lot of money buying, maintaining and replacing their equipment.

Trails also “create an environment where people can make positive lifestyle choices,” Sturgis says. “It’s an investment in the future for your kids and your grandkids.”


Park City – GEMSTONE HOTELS & RESORTS was selected as the management company for the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Uinta Basin – BILL BARRETT CORPORATION closed on the sale of the West Tavaputs natural gas property to affiliates of ENERVEST, LTD. for a total adjusted transaction value of $369 million.

Park City – SIMPLY MAC opened its sixth Utah location and held a grand opening for the new store, located at Kimball Junction.

Park City – ADVICE MEDIA LLC announced the acquisition of New York-based Everyday Doctors, a division of Everyday Health, Inc. The merger forms the largest digital marketing agency focused primarily on private healthcare practices. As part of the acquisition, Advice Media has opened an office in New York City, which will complement Advice Media’s existing office in Park City.

Park City - 900 LOWER MAIN STREET ASSOCIATES, an investor based out of Hawaii, recently purchased six high-image retail buildings on Main Street in Park City from LOWER MAIN STREET VENTURE. Located on the main level of MARRIOTT SUMMIT WATCH, this high image portfolio is comprised of approximately 44,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space and is home to 16 various tenants including VINTO PIZZERIA, PRUDENTIAL, PRIME STEAKHOUSE, PARK CITY SPORTS, THE MUSTANG, COLLIE’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL and CODA GALLERY.

 

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