Davis County tourism funds support Layton walkway

Dec 8 2011 - 11:41pm

LAYTON -- Line items in Davis County's 2012 tourism fund budget include a portion of the $242,000 needed to build a 1,350-foot-long pedestrian walkway to connect many of Layton's restaurants, hotels and the Davis Conference Center.

The creation of the Layton walking path would "connect" conference center visitors tobusinesses, Davis County Tourism Tax Advisory Board Chairman Gary Petersen stated in a letter to the county commission.

Using tourism tax funds, the county will give Layton $100,000 to help build the 8-foot-wide landscaped path.

In addition to Layton's $100,000 and the tourism fund's matching dollars, $42,000 will be raised from local businesses participating in the financial support of the connecting walkway, Petersen said.

It will begin on 700 West and head west until it meets Woodland Park Drive, Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser told the county's tourism tax advisory board Thursday at its monthly meeting.

He said the $100,000 for the walkway is a line item in the county's 2012 budget, and now the county, Layton and the county attorney's office are creating a contract for the project.

The project is not ready for construction, said Layton Economic Specialist Ben Hart.

"We still need to work out access issues and enhance the entire area. We have got one of the top two or three hospitality areas in the state, and we want to remain viable."

The county anticipated a path four years ago when an outdoor stairway was added to the conference center parking lot north of the center, Petersen said.

Layton officials said they hope construction on the path will begin by spring.

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