The following message just came in from one of my teams’ sponsors, Special Ops Paintball (Spec Ops). This company has done a lot for paintball in general, and huge amounts for the sport in Utah.
Several months ago, Spec Ops bought land in Tooele County that it
planned to use as a commercial paintball field. The Spec Ops property
is over seven hundred (700) acres, and Spec Ops is exploring the
possibility of developing a destination paintball field that would be
the finest scenario paintball field west of the Mississippi.
Unfortunately, the neighbors have petitioned Tooele County to ban ALL
paintball fields unless they are located in commercially zoned areas.
If the proposed amendment passes, not only will it scuttle Spec Ops
plans for the existing land, but it might just keep all paintball
fields out of Tooele County.
The Tooele County Commission is holding a public hearing on the
proposed amendment to limit paintball in Tooele County. The public
hearing will be held on August 21, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the City of
Tooele at 47 South Main Street. This is your chance to be heard by the
Tooele County Commissioners, the very people that will vote on whether
or not to limit your access to paintball. Since it is a public hearing,
anyone can attend the meeting and tell the Tooele County Commission
just what they think about limited access to paintball fields. So if
you’d like to keep paintball thriving here in Utah, we suggest that
you turn up at the public hearing and voice your support.
We hope to see you there!
Special Ops Paintball
This news is just scary. A similar thing happened a couple of years ago in Saratoga Springs, when city commissioners rezoned the land just to shut down Showdown, Pegleg paintball’s field. With that action they forced a up-and-coming business to give up major assets, and they also shut down Utah Valley’s only paintball field. Will Tooele join with other cities such as Draper to shut down paintball, either simply as recreation, or as a business? Face it people, paintball is now the second largest “extreme” sport in the nation, it’s big business. The only reason I’ve ever been to Tooele is for paintball. I’ve seen mock-ups of some of the plans for the Tooele field, and believe me, they are telling the truth about it being the finest scenario field around. Given the chance to build this field, people truly will come not only from across the state, but absolutely the country, just to play this field. Don’t be idiots Tooele, this would be a huge boon to your city and county. Don’t mess this up.