Winter Olympics Leave Legacy

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Shelley Osterloh reportingSalt Lake City and SLOC announced the locations for four Olympic Legacy markers today.

The markers will be placed at four locations where Olympic events occurred. They will be a reminder for many people of the 2002 Winter Games.

Downtown, a sixty-foot tower will be erected with a picture of a large figure skater on it. It will be one of two towers downtown, which is a far cry from the original 6-million dollar plan for an amphitheatre and skating rink at Pioneer Park.

Mayor Rocky Anderson wanted the Olympic Legacy project at Pioneer Park. City council members decided the Gallivan Center was the place.

When it did not work because Olympic Trademark rules don't allow Olympic Icons near other commercial logos, SLOC decided the bulk of its legacy dollars and the Hoberman Arch would go to the Olympic Plaza at the University of Utah.

Commemorating the games in downtown Salt Lake remained a goal so SLOC came up with a plan for five markers.

Frasier Bullock/Pres. SLOC " WHEREVER YOU ARE DRIVING AROUND DOWNTOWN YOU CAN SEE ONE OF THESE OLYMPIC ICONS AND HAVE THOSE MEMORIES REKINDLED. RATHER THAN CONCENTRATING IN ONE PLACE YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE IT IN MANY PLACES. "

SLOC will place the largest of its Olympic towers at the Main Street entrance to the Gallivan. It will be right near the office building where SLOC had its headquarters. The 104-foot tower will have seating at the base and illuminated story panels.

A smaller 60-foot tower will be placed near the Delta Center as a reminder of the events there, at the Awards Plaza and Olympic Square.

There will also be three Glass Story panels placed along West Temple. Two will be at each entrance to the Salt Palace.

Scott Givens/SLOC Creative Dir. " SO IMAGINE IF YOU ARE ENTERING THE SALT PALACE THERE WILL BE PICTURES OF THE ACTUAL SPORTS THAT WERE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD. AND THEN A DESCRIPTIVE PANEL THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW WE CARRIED THIS TELEVISION SIGNAL TO 183 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD."

Another will be placed at Abravanel Hall to commemorate the Cultural Olympiad.

Rocky Anderson/Mayor of Salt Lake City "WILL BE FOR DECADES, REMINDERS TO ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY, TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS OF THE GRAND 2002 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES. HOSTED BY SALT LAKE CITY"

The downtown Olympic Legacy markers will cost more than a million dollars and should be completed by the end of June.

SLOC will also make a brochure for visitors about the Olympics with a map of the markers and the Olympic Plaza at the U.

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