Start of summer worked out well at Park City workout facility
September 6, 2016
The start of summer worked out well for Park City's public workout facility.
The Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center in June set a record for monthly attendance, City Hall says, indicating that more people entered the building that month than any other month. The June record covers the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center as well as the predecessor at the site, then known as the Racquet Club.
Ken Fisher, the recreation services manager for City Hall, said at least 40,530 people were logged entering the Park Meadows facility in June. The previous record was not immediately clear. The number fell in July, however, to 36,450. Fisher said the monthly attendance typically topped out in the range of 30,000 people while the facility was known as the Racquet Club.
Fisher said hot weather in June resulted in lots of people heading to the facility for the pool. People also wanted to exercise indoors during the hot spell, he said. Fisher also mentioned the overall popularity of the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center as he spoke about the record-setting month. He said fitness offerings, aquatics and tennis are especially popular.
"Just make sure we have people roaming through the building," Fisher said about the department's handling of the large crowds. "It's another example of staff stepping up and helping."
He said he anticipates the numbers will climb over time as the area grows and more visitors choose the facility.
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Fisher briefed the Recreation Advisory Board about the June numbers at an August meeting. Tate Shaw, the assistant recreation services manager, also spoke about the record during the meeting. Shaw told the Recreation Advisory Board June and July are typically big months at the facility. The period between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. is particularly busy, he said.
"The place is booming," Shaw said.
The Recreation Advisory Board did not discuss the numbers in any depth and was not scheduled to address policies or programs at the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center at the meeting.
The facility opened in late 2011 after a major redo that renovated the former Racquet Club into the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. The $10.5 million project was among the largest undertaken by City Hall. The work included numerous upgrades to workout equipment and spaces. It expanded the weight room and the space set aside for cardiovascular workouts. The project also included a three-lane running track overlooking the tennis courts and the redesign of the indoor tennis courts to meet United States Tennis Association specifications.
Park City leaders pursued the renovation after fielding complaints for years about the deteriorating condition of the Racquet Club.
Fisher said pass sales and revenue from the sales have soared since the renovation was completed. He said the numbers have approximately tripled since the period between mid-2008 and mid-2009, the last full City Hall fiscal year that the Racquet Club was open.
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