Utah adds its 44th State Park

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ECHO, Utah (News4Utah) – The Department of Natural Resources wants to hear from you as managers plan construction and upgrades to Echo State Park. Echo Reservoir just became Utah’s 44th state park and legislature provided funding to accommodate changes in the area. 

“You can expect to see day use areas, bring your boat up and have a great time, a place to camp,  maybe some cabins or yurts or something along that line. Some camping opportunities and group site opportunities. But just how it looks? We’re still in that process and we are having public meeting to figure it out,” Eugene Swalberg, the spokesman for Utah Parks and Recreation said.

Echo has been known for fantastic fishing and a quiet setting to regulars, and some folks are not thrilled about the new park designation.

“If they make it like Jordanelle, it will be kind of sad because they’ve turned that into Disneyland place with the play toys and too many water skiers,” Dave Merrill of Salt Lake City said. 

Jordanelle, Deer Creek and Rockport see large numbers of visitors in the summer months, and on holidays, parks have hit capacity. Parks and Recreation hopes this new designation helps alleviate some of the crowding. 

“Will it take some of the pressure for some of the other areas and here? There were already people recreating here, but it might do that,” Eugene Swalberg, the spokesman for Utah Parks and Recreation said.

Public comment continues through the middle of March, but DNR says they want to hear from folks since this isn’t a turn-key acquisition and projects are ahead.

To weigh in, you can email comments here: echocomments@usbr.gov.  For more information, you can visit this website: https://stateparks.utah.gov/2018/02/23/public-comment-for-echo-state-park/

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