Basin Recreation to begin offering discounted passes for disabled veterans
Policy will be modeled after 2016 legislation
May 9, 2017
When the Administrative Control Board of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District was examining their fee schedule for programs and services last month, they agreed to offer a special discount to disabled veterans.
The recreation district will soon provide disabled veterans with a free 10-punch pass to use the Fieldhouse and attend fitness classes. The discount was approved at the April 20 board meeting following a public hearing.
A 2016 piece of legislation that provides free admission to state parks for certain disabled veterans inspired the discount, according to Aaron Newman, Basin board member. Newman is a former employee of the National Ability Center and worked as a legislative liaison for the organization during the general session.
Newman said the measure "fit perfectly" with what the National Ability Center's mission is and decided to introduce the concept to fellow board members.
"It was the perfect time as we were looking at our rates and adjusting the range of what we could," Newman said. "Was one of those things my grandpa was a veteran and I just saw what an incredible role recreation plays in the recovery process I saw this as a way that Basin Rec can really be out there and help with that individual recreation for wounded veterans
The legislation, HB 135, required the state Board of Parks and Recreation to make rules granting free admission to state parks to an honorably discharged veteran who is a state resident and at least 50 percent disabled, as determined by documentation from the United States Department of veterans Affairs and an active or reserve component of the military.
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"The important thing here is that it will not be the Basin Recreation staff who will be determining if a veteran is disabled," Newman said. "We didn't want to put someone in the uncomfortable situation of having to determine that so instead we will base it off the language in the bill."
The Recreation District currently offers a military discount on regular passes, according to Matt Strader, the Fieldhouse and Facilities manager. The punch pass for disabled veterans will be an addition to that.
Strader said the punch will be immediately available for purchase. Other passes for the general public will be affected by the new fee schedule, which will be rolled out in August, he said.
"We figured since we are government entity, we could offer something like that as well for our disabled veterans," Strader said. "We definitely have some local military that take advantage of our discount and we just wanted to expand that even more."
For more information about programs and Fieldhouse passes, go to http://basinrecreation.org/index.html.