Salt Lake County has closed a deal to buy the old Hercules rocket-motor plant in Magna from Alliant Techsystems (ATK), setting the stage for work to begin on six projects funded by the $47 million parks bond approved by voters in November.
The county is acquiring the 62-acre parcel for $5.1 million and converting it into Magna Regional Park. That is one of four regional parks along with Lodestone in Kearns, Southwest Regional in Bluffdale and Wheadon Farm in Draper that will be built with bond proceeds. The bond also will be used to acquire and complete more sections of the Jordan River and Parleys trail systems.
To get engineering and design work going, the County Council formally divided the bond money between the various projects on Tuesday. The Jordan River project got the most $11.5 million but faces more challenges. Multiple pieces of private property along the valley-traversing river remain to be purchased.