After setbacks in water and construction costs, Utahraptor State Park is about to break ground.
Since its designation in early 2021, the park has struggled with delays in COVID-19-era construction prices and, most importantly, water supplies.
“That was our biggest problem with what took so long,” said Josh Hansen, manager of Utahraptor Park.
Now, however, Utahraptor has drilled a viable well and is ready to begin building roads and facilities. “Our water rights are all there,” Hansen said.
The paleontology-focused park, 13 miles north of town, is designed to honor the area’s rich fossil record, which has yielded over 4,200 individual bones and at least five new dinosaur species, according to the Utah Friends of Paleontology.
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