pool clarifications made days before the election
On Nov. 7, residents of the 84098 zip code will vote on the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District bond. The $12 million bond is all or nothing proposition, with a leisure pool and amenities using the majority of the money. If the bond passes, the question still remains, what exactly will voters be buying, and at what cost? If the bond is approved, it is only then that the details will be worked out.
The Park City School District, with its Aquatic Center two miles from the leisure pool proposed to be built at the Recreation Center Field House, is keeping a friendly but watchful eye, concerned about the impact the new pool would have on their Aquatic Center revenues.
Both districts have had a strong, symbiotic relationship in the past, with the Recreation District helping the school district build the Aquatic Center.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Snyderville Basin Recreation District held a board meeting at Trailside Elementary School, attended by Park City School District Board president David Chaplin and acting Park City school superintendent Tom Van Gorder, along with the director of the Aquatic Center, Todd Klarich.
Our main concerns are with the main operating costs, the amount we’re expending and the increasing outflow," Chaplin said. "Will this have an effect on our facility? How much are we expending? Have we met the potential of Ecker Hill (Ecker Hill International Middle School, the location of the Aquatic Center) as well as the Field House? After discussing these issues with your representatives , a lot of these questions are still questions," he said. "Our greatest interest is in getting to know your plans."
"We’re early in the process of collecting public input," said Snyderville Basin project manager Bonnie Park. "Ken (Ken Mickelsen, Recreation District Administrator) and I are trying to decide what the facility will be. Before we know what the final costs will be we have to decide what the facility is."
What has been decided, should the bond pass, a leisure pool will be built along with other recreational facilities. Park said that around $3 Million of the bond money will go to the construction and maintenance of trails. The leisure pool and accompanying recreational facilities have a projected cost of between $7-9 million.
A number of unanswered questions remain. The location of the pool is still under discussion, with the Aquatic Center mentioned as an alternative location to the Field House. The Recreation Center has proposed an architect’s rendering of three different leisure pool designs. The size of the pool depends on the amenities decided on for the pool. Whether a climbing wall, expanded weight room, gym facilities or other facilities would accompany the pool has yet to be determined.
Property taxes on the bond, should it pass, would be in the vicinity of $15 per year for every $100,000 market value of a primary residential property, according to the Recreation District, a figure which does not take operating costs into consideration.
Operating costs become a question mark with no answers until other decisions are made. The effect on drawing swimmers away from the Aquatic Center is unknown, and that is what concerns the school district, which is already subsidizing the Aquatic Center pool with around $250,000 per year, according to school district.
"No doubt it’s going to impact us," said Klarich. But he strongly believes a leisure pool should be built.
Klarich argues in favor of building a leisure pool at the Aquatic Center, where he said boilers operate at 30 percent capacity and would easily support a leisure pool. He said the Aquatic Center already has the administration to operate a second pool, and would only need additional lifeguards.
Park said that the cost analysis studies the Recreational District did determined the Field House would be the least expensive location for the leisure pool.
The Recreation District argues that a leisure pool in its Field House would allow kids to swim while parents worked out, and the additional facilities accompanying the leisure pool would benefit the community, which shows support for the leisure pool.
"If you use the funds well, the electorate will take notice. We wish you the very, very best," said Chapman. "I have great faith in your ability."
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