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It has been a tumultuous time for This is the Place Heritage Park.
No need to list the many reasons for the facility's various woes and ongoing struggle to survive as a viable tourist attraction and memorial to Utah's pioneer past! What is important now is for supportive Utahns to patronize the facility and help nurse it back to health.
Once funded and operated by the state, Heritage Park now is in the hands of a private non-profit foundation. Since the proprietary change in 1998, the display of pioneer era buildings has grown significantly, largely through the generous donations of the descendents of early Utah settlers. Yet, efforts to attract visitors and fully utilize the living history potential of Heritage Park have been slow to materialize.
The recent public rebuff of a proposal to lease 12 acres of park land in order to strengthen the budget has led to other funding proposals that will be critical to the park's future. KSL encourages Salt Lake City and County leaders, and others to make good on their announced intentions. Yet, the park's future is also in the hands of the public. As the facility officially launches its 2007 season tomorrow, we encourage Utahns to take note and make this a year to patronize Heritage Park.