BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FARMINGTON — Minor changes to the Legacy Events Center master plan will make possible a longer BMX track and more convenient parking for dog park users.
“The BMX track (club president) said if we can make the track a little bigger they could perhaps draw in national shows,” said David Hansen, director of the Legacy Events Center.
He received approval Tuesday from the Davis County Commission to modify a master plan being designed by MGB+A The Grassli Group, a local landscape architect.
“We’re going to make it bigger and add more dirt, make the footprint a little bigger,” said Kevin Dille, Legacy Raceway BMX president.
With more space and drainage system improvements, the club can go after bigger shows, he said.
That could start with state championship events and move up to western region championships.
“Our ultimate goal will be a national event but that’s a long way off,” probably at least five years, Dille said.
He cited figures of $1.4 million in economic impact for a western region competition held in California.
“Even adding just 30 feet would be enough that he could go after national shows,” Hansen said.
All that would only be possible if planned sidewalks are moved, so plans were made to do that.
Another change to the plans will be a parking lot near the dog park, the commission decided on Tuesday.
Currently, dogs and their owners must walk from the main parking lot, past exhibit buildings.
County crews have started preliminary work adding that he hopes all the grass can be planted by fall.
Four new soccer and lacrosse fields are also part of the construction, Hansen said. They’re intended to serve for tournaments rather than community play, which cities across the county handle. Additional recreational vehicle hookups are planned for the west and south sides, he said.
These projects are part of an ongoing effort to better use the facility’s 60 acres, ultimately providing more value for residents and bringing more revenue to the county.
Events have grown to more than 400 a year, including additional dog and horse shows. Some of those shows have brought trainers and owners from across the country, generating revenue not only for the Legacy Events Center but for hotels, restaurants, etc.