Rec plan is moving forward
A committee will be formed to help the process
March 21, 2017
A plan that outlines locations for Park City's future athletic buildings is one step closer to becoming reality.
The Park City Council approved a resolution at a meeting last week that calls for the creation of a committee to guide the 60-page Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan.
Ken Fisher, recreation manager for Park City Municipal, said members of the committee will represent the three entities that collaborated for the 60-page proposal: the municipal government, Snyderville Basin Recreation District and Park City School District.
"They would prioritize and discuss which facility each entity is interested in developing and address any issues with existing local agreements we have," Fisher said. "They would also develop new agreements as facilities are developed. The last thing they would do is strategize potential funding mechanisms in a unified manner."
The city and the recreation and school districts have control of various recreation facilities throughout Park City. For example, the city controls the Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center, while the recreation district is in charge of the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse.
The need for more athletic facilities controlled by the partners is becoming more apparent as the town's population grows, which is why the plan was formed.
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A project that began in spring 2016 when the three groups realized the necessity to thoroughly study potential locations and costs for recreation buildings, the plan proposes what facilities should be built at 10 sites in Park City.
For instance, it suggests City Park needs a community center, playground and splash pad.
It also estimates the costs for the town's needed amenities. In addition to suggesting putting $38.8 million into a Silver Creek aquatics center, the plan recommends using $26 million to expand the ice arena at Quinn's Junction.
Fisher said the plan's designers went through a thorough process before suggesting how tens of millions of dollars could be used to build fieldhouses and swimming pools.
Landmark Design, the firm commissioned to create the plan, completed four studies before drawing up the proposal. One study included a recreation facilities survey Park City residents filled out. Another one looked at other cities' uses of athletic buildings.
In November, a draft for the plan became available online at http://www.recfacilitiesmp.org and a public comment period on the proposal took place in December.
Fisher said the partners and the soon-to-be formed committee will continue to be detailed about the plan.
"They are already thinking about outlining the next steps, but it's important to remember the plan itself is a long-range, 20-year-plus plan," he said.
Discussion on forming the committee will take place March 30 at the Marsac Building.
"We'll be having a study session with the recreation advisory board that will begin discussions on the implementation of the master plan," Fisher said.
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