Rec plan’s committee, funding up for discussion
City Council will discuss the plan Thursday
March 28, 2017
City and recreation planners spent months discussing what athletic facilities should be added to the Park City area.
Their talks morphed into the Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan that was completed in November. The planners now want to see concepts from the 60-page outline manifest into real structures.
The Park City Council will start the process of fulfilling Park City's recreation needs at a joint meeting with the Recreation Advisory Board at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Marsac Building.
Ken Fisher, recreation manager for Park City Municipal, said city councilors will discuss how to fund the recreation facilities that are estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars. Also on the agenda is discussing the creation of a committee comprised of representatives from the three partners that teamed up to create the plan, he said.
"We need to get two council representatives to get on the regional committee," Fisher said. "The committee will be also be made up of representatives from Snyderville Basin Recreation District and Park City School District."
In terms of funding for structures such as a Silver Creek aquatics center, expected to cost $38.8 million, the council will begin a capital campaign to stir up public interest.
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"Our community engagement department will need to begin a public outreach campaign to determine public support for a potential recreation bond," Fisher said. "The key thing about this is we probably don't want to do anything until the late fall."
Fisher added timing for a possible bond election is important, considering the Park City Board of Education has decided to put a bond, perhaps as high as $100 million, on the ballot this fall to address the school district's facility needs.
Park City schools are dealing with overcrowding. Fisher said the need for more school space isn't something unique to the school district.
There is also a need for more athletic facilities as the area's population grows. Population growth is why the plan was formed.
The project began in the spring of 2016 and proposes what facilities should be built at 10 sites in Park City.
It, for example, suggests City Park needs a community center, playground and splash pad.
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.
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