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Additions underway for Basin Recreation Field House

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

A 7,800 square foot expansion is underway at the Basin Recreation Field House that will include expanded fitness areas for heavy lifting, yoga and Pilates classes and more. Construction is expected to be completed before Jan. 26. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Basin Recreation is in the midst of an ambitious expansion to its field house at Kimball Junction, and construction is anticipated to be completed by January, according to Basin Recreation District Director Rena Jordan.

The 7,800 square foot addition includes an expansion of the exercise floor along with added equipment. Below the exercise floor will be another exercise room with small meeting areas for teams and three additional spaces, with one to be devoted to yoga and Pilates classes. Two more new spaces will house a heavy lifting room for athletes and a room for spin classes, Jordan said.

"This phase of the Field House expansion is devoted to fitness," Jordan said. "The final phase is still to be determined."

The project is being funded by a 2012 Summit County Recreation, Arts and Parks tax grant of $1.5 million. The expansion plan and updated progress on construction can be seen at basinrecreation.org.

Basin Recreation hopes to be 100 percent or very near completion of the expansion by the time the Sundance Film Festival hosts its closing party at the Field House on Jan. 26. Jordan said they are "on pace" to meet that goal.

Jordan added that Basin Recreation is focusing on its strategy of ‘2014 and Beyond,’ which will seek to determine whether the district wants to pursue another bond for recreational facilities. She added that citizen input and studies conducted by Basin Recreation will help guide what projects, if any, the district will fund with bonds.

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2014 budget

In mid-November Basin Recreation will conduct a public hearing for the adoption of its adjusted 2013 budget and 2014 budget proposal.

"We’ve added one staff position and we’re maintaining our overall budget without any tax increase," Jordan said. "We are balanced. We don’t tend to have a lot of major fluctuations in our budget."

Some capital projects that Basin Recreation is looking at for 2014 include the addition of artificial turf for tennis courts as well as a dog park at Willow Creek Park and an extensive trails plan.

Jordan said Basin Recreation will attempt to spend the $4 million that remains from a 2010 trails bond. Projects will include a paved trail connecting the Millennium Trail from Gorgoza to Summit Park, a paved trail corridor along Kilby Road and a trail corridor on East Canyon Creek, which would be non-paved single track if the district is able to get a private trail easement.

Basin Recreation will also contribute money to the U.S. 40 underpass near Silver Creek that will be managed by the Utah Department of Transportation. The district has also applied for a joint RAP tax grant with Silver Creek to complete the East-West Wasatch Connector Trail, which will go from the Interstate 80 underpass by the Rail Trail, through Silver Creek and out to Bitner Road.

If the district is not able to get the RAP tax grant, Jordan said Basin Recreation would likely fund the Wasatch Trail project itself. When speaking with The Park Record, all candidates for the Service Area 3 Board of Trustees election spoke in favor of the trail project, except for Brad Iverson, who could not be reached for comment.

The budget hearing for Basin Recreation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at Trailside Park, 5715 Trailside Drive. To receive copies of the tentative budgets, visit basinrecreation.org, stop by the Trailside Park office or call Basin Recreation at (435) 649-1564 ext. 10 .

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