North Summit wants recreation complex |

North Summit wants recreation complex

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

The recently created North Summit Recreation District met with the Summit County Council on Wednesday and proposed building a community center and recreation facility in Coalville where residents can work out and play sports year-round.

Michelle Peterson, district administrator for North Summit Recreation, said that North Summit is currently the only area in the county without a public recreation facility. She conducted a survey last year and found that 243 people, 90 percent of the district’s residents, feel there is a need for a multi-purpose community and recreation facility.

"We have a lot of different people in our community with different needs, but we are hoping the facility will be fit for various uses. We have discussed having senior activities in one of our multi-purpose rooms and even offering Silver Sneakers classes," Peterson said. "We also are working with the school so that we could offer teams a place to train year-round."

The proposed recreation facility would include a workout room, basketball and racquetball courts, tumbling area, climbing wall, a running track, spinning room, multipurpose rooms and an enclosed turf field that Peterson said would be fit for soccer, baseball and football. The North Summit School District offered to sell the Recreation District a parcel of land across from North Summit Elementary School for the facility.

"It would be there for all residents both inside and outside our area," Peterson said. "We are hoping we could hold special events there and down the road accommodate tournaments. If people come to use the recreation center it will also help the community as a whole because they will get gas and buy food."

Peterson added that because there are no large private gyms in the area they would not have to compete with any private entity which will allow the center to offer more services at a lower price.

The County Council was supportive of the initial idea and site sketches and will vote in a few weeks to support the recreation center.

If the Council decides to support the Recreation Center, a bond proposition could be placed on a special election ballot in June. Peterson estimated the district would need a $15 million bond to build the center. Only residents in the North Summit School District would be eligible to vote on the proposition which would raise their property taxes.

Peterson said if the bond is passed in June, they will put the project out to bid in the fall and hope to begin construction next summer.

To see the proposed floor plan visit