Residents are given the chance to weigh in on future recreation options
Want another ice sheet in the Basin or a second pool in Park City? Residents of Park City and the Snyderville Basin are getting a chance to voice their opinions about what recreation facilities, programs and services are needed in the area as part of a new Community Interest Survey that Park City Recreation and the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District are mailing to 14,000 residents.
According to Bonnie Park, public affairs manager at Basin Recreation, the recreation districts completed facility demand studies categorizing all of the recreation facilities in Park City and the Basin. After the districts were able to see everything they do have, the next step was to see what was still needed.
"The last time we did a study like that was in 2002 so it was really fun to see everything we had added in the area, including the field house and ice rink," Park said. "We now want to find out what our priorities should be moving forward and this survey is the best way. What do people want to see in five or 10 years from now?"
The survey also touches on how residents use the recreational facilities and trails.. Park said some of the questions deal with current hot-button issues like allowing dogs to be off the leash on public trails.
"We are interested to know when people come to use the trails, do they always leash their dog or do they leave their dog at home," she said. "We have also been hearing a lot from the equestrian community about making trails for them. So this survey may tell us what kind of trails we need."
Both recreation districts have done needs assessment surveys in the past, but Park said doing them together made more sense because the districts conduct some of their programs jointly.
"The ice arena isn’t just used by Park City residents and we wanted to look at the bigger profile of the area and what is needed overall," she said, adding that she expects a lot of feedback on questions regarding a second golf course and pool in the Basin.
The survey will be mailed out to households the week of April 2. Park is hoping residents complete the survey and send it back within two weeks.
"Our big concern is that families will leave on Spring Break and forget about it, but it is very important and should only take 10 minutes," she said.
Residents can also fill out the survey online. The survey results are expected to be presented to the Park City City Council on May 3.
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