Salt Lake City, UT (December 11, 2018) – The new Kearns Athlete Training and Element Event Center is now open after a ribbon cutting celebration on Dec. 10, 2018.
With the planning and execution of several organizations, including the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, US Speedskating, Salt Lake County and the State of Utah – the $13.3 million, 36,700 sq. ft. multi-use Kearns Athlete Training and Element Event Center is a model of cooperation and innovation between government, non-profit, sport and community partners. “It’s bringing the international competitiveness of the Olympics to a community and putting that community on a national stage,” Salt Lake County Mayor and Congressman-elect Ben McAdams said. “It’s really a bridge from the local to the global.”
“Kearns really has become known as a place where athletes from around the world come to train and compete,” McAdams said. “The community has embraced it and is building upon it.”
First, the facility will secure US Speedskating’s permanent home in Kearns. With 11,600 sq. ft., US Speedskating will gain a Hall of Fame, state-of-the-art training facilities, nutrition areas, a testing and evaluation lab, and access to a new high-performance sports medicine clinic. “For our sport, it is a complete game-changer. This is exactly what we needed to complement the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth’ that we have over there in the Oval,” US Speedskating Executive Director Ted Morris said. “To have this training facility here, we now have the best athletic support of any speed skating team in the world.” The facility will ensure future generations of athletes and Olympians live and train in Utah before competing on the world stage.
Additionally, the Kearns Athlete Training and Element Event Center will create both a recreational hub and a community gathering place. Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center will triple the size of its weight and cardio room to a newly equipped, two level 11,500 sq. ft. fitness wing. The facility will also free up existing space in KOPFC to accommodate continued growth. “We are a community that comes together and that is the vision that this whole project has brought to this community,” KOPFC Board Chair Laurie Stringham said. “Another bridge and another partnership.”
“We are proud of this community that we’ve built, we’re proud of the community we’re becoming and we’re proud of the people that live here among us,” Stringham said.
The facility will host groups like Kearns Community Council, Kearns Metro Township and more to hold meetings. Featuring multipurpose space, an outdoor event deck with mountain views and an outdoor community plaza – the Kearns Athlete Training and Element Event Center will also be a destination for weddings, public gatherings, community festivals, corporate meetings and more.
“This building is the physical representation of what this community is at its heart,” Utah House Rep. Eric Hutchings said. “This is people from all backgrounds who’ve got all kinds of different passions and beliefs … coming together.”
Additionally, the event celebrated and recognized a new 30 year long-term Utah Olympic Oval operating lease agreement with an option for two 20 year extensions between the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the Oquirrh Recreation and Parks District – securing a lasting partnership and commitment between the two organizations.
“This connector building is doing just that – building bridges between our organizations – and is symbolic to what our whole approach has been in this effort,” Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation President and CEO Colin Hilton said. “It’s been an effort of collaboration, partnerships and an ability to see something bigger than the sum of its parts.”
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