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Last updated: 11/03/2021

Bastian Agricultural Center Proposal Frequently Asked Questions

What equestrian services would continue at the USU Bastian Agricultural Center?

Stall rentals, open ride, event rentals, club rentals

What is the timeline?

The proposal is under consideration currently. If moved forward, USU would not take possession of the park until 2022. An exact date is not identified yet.

What is the public comment timeline and how can I voice my opinion?

A public comment survey will be open from November 3rd – December 3rd.  Take the survey now.

Would USU raise the current fees?

Fees are anticipated to remain at the current rate for the next two years.

Would USU honor current rental contracts?

Yes, USU would work with all the users to maintain current contracts and use.

Would passes still be honored?

Yes, passes will still be honored.

Would current staff remain at the park?

Salt Lake County would support SMG (the contract agency SLCo hired to manage the park) and USU to ensure that staff have options through this transition.

Can I still do open ride?

USU would plan to continue to offer open ride.

Would the park be open to the public?

Yes, USU would work on a strategy to ensure the safety and security of all users that would include an increase monitoring of the park.

Would there be any larger changes to the current Equestrian Center facilities or programs?

The long-term proposed plan for the USU Bastian Agricultural Center does not include the track. That portion of the park would be converted into a natural resources area for increased public use and educational programming.

What are some of the new amenities that USU Extension plans to put at the park?

The USU Bastian Agriculture Center would include a natural resource area, multiple educational areas, enhance the existing facilities and create pasture and open space.

What are the primary goals for the USU Bastian Agricultural Center?

The primary goals are to:

  • Provide agricultural education and experiences to an increasingly urban population
  • Promote youth education through the only youth 4-H center in Utah
  • Deliver community-based adult education
  • Provide research-based information to local government, community organizers, constituents, and corporate leaders
  • Share the most recent agricultural knowledge, technologies, and manufacturing methods
  • Further research and development to discover better products and processes