Architecture firm selected to design new community center
The center is one of several facilities listed in the Recreation Master Plan
May 11, 2017
The Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan outlines what facilities Park City will need within the next 20 years.
Park City Municipal is tackling the plan head on, having already entered the beginning stages of constructing a new community center.
The Park City Council, at its regular meeting on April 27, approved hiring Sparano and Mooney Architecture, Inc. to design the center that is set to be located at City Park. Ken Fisher, recreation manager for the city, said the cost for design should not exceed $94,125.
"It will be a joint-use facility for the senior center and our summer day camp," Fisher said, adding the need to start the process of building a new center comes from another timeline.
"The senior center is going to be replaced with affordable housing, so the seniors need a new home," Fisher said.
The housing development, which the city plans to build at the senior center's current location on Woodside Avenue, is a top priority for the Council, Fisher said.
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The recreation manager also listed Park City Summer Day Camp's need for more space as a reason to have a new community center.
"Summer day camp is our biggest and most popular summer program," Fisher said. "It's a state-licensed child care facility. And, for probably the fifth year in a row, it's completely sold out with a waiting list for every day. We need more space in order to grow the program."
Fisher is excited to take care of one need included in the Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan — a project initiated by Park City Municipal, Snyderville Basin Recreation District and Park City School District.
The plan, which entails spending tens of millions of dollars, proposes what facilities should be built at 10 sites in Park City. For example, it suggests City Park needs a new playground and splash pad in addition to a community center.
Fisher said the city, school district and recreation district will remain involved in the plan that began in Spring 2016.
"It's important to have a regional approach, so that we make the most efficient use of taxpayer money and are not duplicating services and facilities between the three entities," he said.
In March, the City Council approved the creation of a committee comprised of representatives from the three partners that teamed up for the project.
City Councilors Becca Gerber and Nan Worel will represent Park City Municipal, and Nate Brown and Aaron Newman will sit on the committee for the recreation district.
"The school board just approved a resolution to add members to the committee at their last meeting," Fisher said. "At the next meeting, they will be appointing two members from the school board and two staff members to serve on the regional recreation committee."
A draft of the Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan can be viewed online at http://www.recfacilitiesmp.org. The website includes project information and status updates.