Pool could be part of $12M bond
The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District needs $12 million to respond to demands from citizens, officials say.
"It could be a pool and a climbing wall. It could be a pool and a gymnasium," Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District administrator Bonnie Park said. "We’re going to be looking at the public to come back with their feedback."
But Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme cautioned Park Wednesday to "evaluate their needs as opposed to their wants."
Snyderville residents will vote in November on a $12 million bond for the district that board members have considered using to build a climbing wall, a "water playground" or a $250,000 dog park near Silver Springs.
"It’s people over there that are going to have to pay for it not me," said Woolstenhulme, an Oakley resident.
Homeowners who live in the Park City School District outside of the Park City limits pay property taxes to the recreation district. If voters approve the $12 million bond, for primary residents that amount could increase $15 next year to about $66 per $100,000 of property value, Park said.
"It’s a hard decision because everybody is really aware, with tax notices coming out," she said in an interview Thursday.
With plans to expand the Basin Recreation Field House, Park hopes to earmark almost $8 million of the bond for construction of a pool at the Kimball Junction facility.
During a previous survey of those who lived in the district several years ago, neighbors identified the field house, the ice facility at Quinn’s Junction and a swimming pool as their top priorities, Park said.
"We feel like we are basically responding to some of our constituents who have been vocal about the pool," she said.
As board members wrestle with whether to build a lap or leisure pool, neighbors can comment about how they would spend the $12 million during meetings scheduled at the Basin Recreation Field House Oct. 23 and 24.
"The leisure pool to me is a playground for kids who are 16 and under," Basin Recreation District board member Sharon Odell said.
The board Wednesday considered adjacent lap and leisure pools.
"All the ones I know, they’re combined," Odell added.
Meanwhile, if voters approve a bond this year district officials propose spending nearly $2 million on park improvements that could mean fountains or a volleyball facility in the Basin.
"Another park is more desired maybe over by Jeremy Ranch," board member Tim Douglas countered.
But Odell insists the costs to build a new park would require "a whole other bond."
Park said future trail construction in western Summit County could require an immediate $3 million.
"We are out of money for trails development," she said.
Homeowners in Snyderville currently pay the district $45.98 per year per $100,000 worth of property value, Park said.
"This has really come down in the past couple weeks," she said about the bond discussion. "We’re not slipping anything by anybody."
Voters in the recreation district approved a $7.5 million bond in 1995 to construct parks at Trailside and Ecker Hill. In 2001, voters approved an $11 million bond for construction of the Quinn’s ice rink, Basin field house, trail improvements and to purchase open space.
The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District also pushed a bond approved by voters for the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee in 2004 that raised an additional $10 million to preserve land in western Summit County.
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