After Wednesday's Administrative Control Board meeting, Basin Recreation has passed its budget for 2014, with $11 million in capital projects as the main highlight, as well as a new fee structure for services.
"We have more than a balanced budget we have a slight surplus of about $11,000," said District Director Rena Jordan. "The newest additions [to the budget] include helping to contribute to and fund open space maintenance."
Basin Recreation has also added one additional full-time position, which will help to oversee the District's parks division. Additional costs have also been incurred in the trails department, Jordan said, because of the growth of the trail network. She added they are hoping to spend the remainder of the 2011 trails bond funds on upcoming projects for 2014.
Of the $11 million budgeted for capital projects, $4.9 million is allocated to trails while $3.2 million will go toward making the final payment on the Toll Canyon open space parcel. The remaining money will help fund a skatepark expansion, a tennis court expansion and completion of Phase II at the Fieldhouse.
Regarding more long-term projects such as a potential pedestrian overpass on State Road 224 near the Blue Roof 7-Eleven, Jordan said the Board gave the go-ahead to hire an engineering firm to look at various options, including whether it might be more feasible to make that project an underpass.
A feasibility study on a potential pedestrian overpass connecting Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook is slated to begin early 2014 as well, but Jordan said the District would need to raise additional funds to complete such a project.
Basin Recreation is also hoping to enter into a joint implementation study with Park City to determine which projects included in the District's strategic plan can be funded. Those projects include indoor field space, additional ice space and an aquatic playground facility. Jordan said they would like to come up with a shared location with Park City.
Liberty Peaks open space
Basin Recreation also approved the incurring of fees associated with their acquisition of the Liberty Peaks open space parcel, which was deeded from Cowboy Properties. The District is assuming the developer's legal fees associated with the open space and will use the parcel to make a crucial Millennium Trail connection.
A trailhead could be built in 2014 near the Park City Tech Center for this connection, which Jordan said would serve as a great link for Nordic skiing, connecting the trails below the Utah Olympic Park with the potential Nordic trails around the perimeter of the Hi Ute Ranch.
Basin Recreation also approved a schedule for all of its Administrative Control Board meetings for 2014, which will be available to view at basinrecreation.org.