Opened in 2004, the Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse, located at Newpark and Kimball Junction, has become cramped for space, with some classes held on the running track, outdoor field and a satellite location at Trailside Park.
"This expansion is coming at the right time," Basin Recreation Fieldhouse Manager Matt Strader said. "The additional indoor space is needed and will be definitely used."
The current plans are to nearly double the weight room space upstairs, add a classroom downstairs and create additional space for storage. The entry will also be relocated to the west side of the building, adjacent to the parking lot.
Strader said they've had a lot of positive feedback on the expansion plans. Surveys showed the No. 1 thing the community wanted was more fitness space and the second is additional fitness classes.
"So people are definitely interested in this," Strader said.
The 6,700 square feet of new space will nestle in-between the two portions of existing building on the concrete pad and out to the track, County Planner Kimber Gabryszak said.
That could change, though, as the plans go through the Basin Planning Commission process, a public hearing and then to the Summit County Council for approval, if all goes well, Strader said.
The current facility includes a small fitness room, weight room, a small indoor track and a 2,600 square-foot indoor playing field.
"It's a great facility but where we've seen the growth is in the fitness area," Strader said. "So we added classes about a year ago but they are so popular we don't have any more space. We opened the facility in 2004, but haven't done anything with the building since then."
The Trailside Park satellite location will still be used, particularly for "softer" fitness classes, while the new additional will be used for more intense fitness classes.
Taxpayers needn't worry about the financial burden of the expansion, as it will be entirely funded using the RAP (Recreation, Arts and Park) Tax, which granted the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District $1.5 million for the improvements.
The Recreation District hopes to get through the planning process in the next few months so they can move forward with construction in the spring and open the new addition in the fall, Gabryszak said.