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Climbing wall on recreation wish list

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

More than half of the people recently surveyed by the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District highly desire a swimming pool and climbing wall in western Summit County.

"I think we have a larger climbing community in Park City than many of us would imagine," said Bonnie Park, special projects manager for Basin Recreation. "This is certainly something that is on our radar."

But, last year, voters rejected a proposed $12 million bond that could have allowed construction of a pool and climbing wall at Kimball Junction.

"We had a very vocal group from the climbing community come to the public hearings while we were working on the bond," Park said.

A leisure pool at Kimball Junction could help augment the current offerings at Ecker Hill Aquatic Center in Pinebrook, she added.

Wednesday results from the 2007 recreation needs assessment, which cost the district $22,000 to conduct, were presented to the Summit County Commission.

County Commissioner Bob Richer asked if results from the survey were skewed because only supporters of public recreation were contacted.

About 88 percent of those surveyed gave Basin Recreation "high marks," Park insisted.

Most of those contacted in the telephone survey, who were reportedly registered to vote, said they knew something about the district.

The findings show many people in western Summit County use "the private sector for their fitness needs," Park said.

But public amenities, including parks and trails, play an important part in people’s exercise routines, she added.

"We have a large number of people using the Basin Recreation Field House," she said about the gymnasium built by the district at Kimball Junction. "It is being very well used."

Most popular are trails, youth sports and fitness programs offered by the district, Park said.

"People feel as though their expectations for trails are being very well met," she said. "A huge majority use trails for walking, biking and hiking, and that use doubled (since 2003.)"

Meanwhile, the survey showed the number of school-aged children per household in Snyderville far exceeds the national average.

"People with school-aged children have moved here in droves in order to take advantage of the school district and recreational amenities," Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott said. "The fact that we’re succeeding so wildly now, and have such wide public approval, is wonderful."

Other findings from the recreation survey included:

— Nineteen percent of those surveyed in the Basin say they often use the Park City Racquet Club

— Ninety percent of those surveyed said they use Basin Recreation amenities

— Trails are the most frequently used Basin Recreation amenity

— More than 50 percent of those surveyed said a public swimming pool belongs at Kimball Junction

— About 75 percent of those surveyed said open space preservation is their top priority

— About 75 percent of those surveyed have children who use Basin Recreation facilities


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