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Olympic Day at the UOP

The sounds of construction echoed through the Utah Olympic Park on Wednesday afternoon, as work on a couple of big projects continued at a rapid pace.

Construction on Project Big Air, the UOP’s revamping of its summer water ramps and pool, is nearing completion and the park is readying itself for a big Olympic Day celebration on Saturday, June 27.

In addition to finishing up the work on the jumps and the surrounding area, the UOP is repaving its parking lots and plaza, where an Olympic Day festival will be held from 3-6 p.m. on June 27 ahead of the grand opening of the water ramps at 6:30 p.m.

UOP Marketing Manager Melanie Welch said there will be many activities available for the public.

"We’ll be hosting all kinds of activities out in the plaza, which will be paved," she said. "We’ll have bounce houses and Olympic arts and crafts, where kids can make gold medals and torches — things like that."

There will be plenty of products and food for attendees to try out as well, Welch said.

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"The National Ability Center will be here and they’ll be doing their bike demos," she said. "We’ll have a radio truck up here, so we’ll have music going the whole time. We’ll also have a barbecue taking place in the plaza, so people can eat and drink and hang out with all the music and activities.

"There will be some promo tents going on, too. I think Tanger will be up here with some giveaways and Women’s Ski Jumping USA should be up here."

But it wouldn’t be an Olympic Day without a slew of Olympic athletes. Welch said the UOP has that covered, too.

"From 5 to 6, we’ll have an athlete tent where a bunch of Olympic athletes will be doing autographs and meet-and-greets," she said. "We have a list of about 15 confirmed Olympic athletes right now and I think that’s going to probably go up because of the grand opening right after. A lot of freestyle athletes will probably show up for that. Right now, it’s a big mix — we’ve got sliding athletes, Paralympic athletes, a speedskater, some alpine and some Nordic athletes. It’s a good mix of Olympic athletes, so it should be fun."

Welch said the UOP has hosted Olympic Day activities for several years and will continue to do so to showcase Utah’s Olympic Legacy and further the Olympic ideals.

"The USOC hosts Olympic Day through a million different organizations throughout the month of June," she said. "Being a USOC training facility, we definitely want to participate every year. The whole idea of Olympic Day is really to highlight the Olympic values of competition and sport. That’s a big part of what our mission is as an organization."

All the Olympic Day festivities are free to the public. Tickets to the following grand opening of the water ramps are $20 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under.

For more information on the June 27 grand opening of the water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park, please check out the Wednesday, June 24, edition of The Park Record.