Some Concerned With Arena at Jo Co Fairgrounds

Smokey Wildeman
Smokey Wildeman

Some citizens voiced their concerns about a possible indoor roping arena at the Johnson County Fairgrounds during last week's county commission meeting.

The arena is far from being constructed, or even approved by the county commissioners, but is being studied as a possible addition to the facilities at the fairgrounds in the future.

Engineers from Bighorn Surveying were hired to look at possible configurations, locations and to perform cost estimates on the building.

The facility being studied is a 200 by 300 foot building similar to the one located in Rock Springs. The cost estimate for the building itself is $1.1 to $1.3 million, with amenities such as site work, bleachers and portable fencing costing extra to obtain.

Some of the crowd attending the presentation asked the commissioners if this was the best choice for returns for the county, and openly wondered if a community building would serve more citizens and be a better return on investment to the county and city.

The commissioners took all of the comments and told those in attendance that this study was in its infancy, and that nothing has been decided yet, according to Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman.

The commissioners will keep the public informed on the progress of the studies on the arena, according to Wildeman.

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