Public input still welcome as rec plan moves forward |

Public input still welcome as rec plan moves forward

Jeff Dempsey
The Park Record

Park City Recreation Manager Ken Fisher, right, goes over site plans with two residents at a Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan open house, held in July at Park City High School.

All's been quiet on the mountain recreation front this summer, at least from the public's perspective. The Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan process, a collaborative effort between Park City, Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and the Park City School District, got underway in the spring. When completed, the plan will lay out where and when tens of millions of dollars in new facilities will be built throughout Park City and the Basin.

The last open house was held in early July. Landmark Design project manager Lisa Benson said although things may have seemed quiet over the past two months, the team has remained busy.

"We have been working on the draft plan over the summer, and are in the middle of reviews and revisions with staff," she said.

The recommended plan has not changed much, Benson said, noting one exception.

"Everything is essentially the same as the concepts that were presented at the end of June, except that Basin Recreation has decided to remove the Canyons as an option," she said. "Basin Recreation said that the timeframe for implementing an aquatics center is long-term, and didn’t want to tie the hands of the Canyons if other opportunities arise in the near-term for the resort to use that land."

Benson said the team is fine-tuning the draft plan and implementing some suggestions from Summit County and the Park City Planning Department. She said she expects to make formal presentations to the Summit County and Park City councils sometime in the fall.

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"We will be meeting one final time with our advisory committee as soon as the preliminary draft plan revisions are complete," she said. "Once we integrate the committee’s comments, we will begin scheduling adoption presentations."

The dates of the council presentations will be posted when they are finalized.

The Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan website,, also contains the detailed site concepts presented over the summer. Benson said the team is still happily accepting public input.

"The public can still comment through the website at any time in the process. We still have comments coming in right now," she said.

The comments from the public so far have been positive, particularly at the open houses. At an open house in May focused on School District sites and facilities, School Board Vice President JJ Ehlers said she was pleased with how things were coming together — and that School District, Park City and Basin Recreation officials were working together.

“I think out of the bond, part of what came out of that was that the community felt like they wanted to see all three of us working together,” she said. “And we were working together. We were sharing facilities, things like that. But the public didn't see it."