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History of the Point of the Mountain
Name: Flight Park State Recreation Area
Location: Point of the Mountain - on the Salt Lake County / Utah County border.
Activities: The public may visit the Flight Park to observe pilots taking off, flying and landing, but in order to fly, people must become members of the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (UHGPGA). The membership includes required insurance for flying on state lands.

A new State Recreation area was dedicated on July 14, 2006 as part of Utah's new slogan "Life Elevated".

The infamous hang gliding / parasailing area at the Point of the Mountain has been a popular and even world-renowned area for air sports since 1927.

With the onslaught of developement in Corner Canyon and Traverse Ridge, flying enthusiasts were worried about what would become of the recreation aspect of this amazing spot. The members of UHGPGA have been lobbying for more than a decade to get the area protected. Their efforts have finally paid off.

Up until recently, the land involved was owned by UDOT and Staker and Parson (gravel) Companies. Both entities relinquished the ownership to Utah State Parks and Recreation and a new park was born.

Governor Huntsman was at the dedication ceremony and was one of the first to fly in the newly created park. "We try to figure out what it is we will be bequeathing to the next generation of Utahns, and it's pretty simple: land, air and a sense of humanity. This is land, valuable land, tied to a great sport - a sport I can now say I participated in," he said. "I'm so pleased this land will remain as it is."

It's designation as an official park means that the area will be protected from development and the unique geography that makes it such a great place for air sports will be preserved for generations to come.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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