Box Elder County Commission meets new park manager

Jul 20 2012 - 10:39pm

BRIGHAM CITY -- A sailboat regatta, concerts at the bay, a triathlon -- all these ideas and more were presented to the Box Elder Commission, which got its first introduction recently to new Willard Bay State Park manager James Morgan.

Morgan, a former Willard Bay State Park ranger, told the commission the main issue he faces is funding additional parking. On busy days, vehicles hauling boats get caught in a lineup that can back up onto Interstate 15, and there have been several days this summer when boaters were turned away.

"That's really our limitation," he said. "We have plenty of water for people to use, just not enough parking" for day use.

Morgan also warned that water levels are dropping rapidly at the rate of a foot a week. As underwater obstacles become visible, they are being marked.

Still, the new park manager has many plans for upcoming events. They include a wakeboard tournament, a car show, and a national-circuit motorboat racing event that is expected to draw about 10,000 people next summer.

He said the park is also looking to extend boat slips for long-term agreements.

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