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Recreation building redone

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The building is not one of the busiest City Hall owns.

And it certainly isn’t an architectural masterpiece, with its utilitarian look and everyday construction materials.

But the Recreation Building, situated at City Park, recently received a makeover and the local government is preparing to rededicate the structure.

The event, planned at noon on Thursday, is scheduled 20 years to the day after the Recreation Building was completed, city officials say.

"We made some significant changes to the building," says Ken Fisher, who manages recreation programs for City Hall.

The upgrades include putting up a pavilion over the patio and gutting and then refurbishing the inside.

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Fisher says his department needs more space for summer day camp, a reason for the work. He says the crews added bathrooms inside the building as well.

The day camp is the building’s main use and Fisher says about 70 kids use the facility each day. He says the day camp is among the most popular of the department’s summer programs.

Fisher describes the renovation as creating a large area and office space out of what was a four-room building. He says space that was a concession stand but had not operated as such for about 10 years was redone, as was space the Park City Police Department once occupied.

"The building was 20 years old. The layout of the inside of the building was pretty broken up," he says.

The remodeled building stretches over roughly 3,000 square feet, about 1,000 square feet more than it was before. The crews added skylights.

"It’s very nice in there now," Fisher says.

The building opened on May 31, 1987 and Fisher says it was a key part of the planning that resulted in the building of City Park, one of Park City’s most popular recreation spots.

The current round of work started in February. A price tag for the upgrade is not immediately available.

Space remains available for camp sessions scheduled at the building. The department’s World Wide Web site indicates lots of the sessions have 20 or more spots available.

People can register by visiting City Hall’s World Wide Web site, http://www.parkcity.org . Once there, click on the ‘City Departments’ link at the top of the page and pick ‘Recreation.’ Then choose ‘Program Registration’ at the top left of the page. Click ‘Activities’ and then pick from the camp choices. Prices are listed on the Web site.

For more information, visit the Web site or call 615-5401.