Originally known as the Utah Winter Sports Park, the facility was funded as part of the $59 million tax diversion approved by Utah taxpayers in 1989. The facility was a critical element in the Salt Lake Bid Committee’s efforts to capture a future Olympic Winter Games. Construction of the Utah Olympic Park began in 1991 with the Park, ski jump facilities and freestyle aerials splash pool opening in 1993. The bobsled, skeleton and luge track became operational in 1997.
During the 2002 Olympic