SANDY, Utah — Officials say they are giving up on their controversial plans for a paved trail at Dimple Dell Regional Park in northern Utah.

Salt Lake County and Sandy officials made the announcement on Friday following push back from a grass-roots group made up of equestrians and park lovers. Officials say they will put the $4 million that were meant for the project toward other improvements in the park.

County Mayor Ben McAdams says he will assemble a team of residents, park users and elected officials to study how to spend the money.

The Dimple Dell Preservation Community group collected 6,000 signatures in a petition against the proposed trail. They feared the changes would bring in bikers and other users which make horseback riding in the area difficult.

Improvements are expected to come as early as 2018.

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