Basin Recreation to ramp up projects
As part of its 2014 strategic action plan, Basin Recreation is looking ambitiously toward the future in constructing and maintaining recreation facilities and trail networks.
Basin Recreation District Director Rena Jordan said by early 2014 they would like to determine which projects are priorities. Possibilities include a recreational aquatic facility and completing the final phase of the Field House, which would include additional indoor multi-use field space and a multi-use gymnasium.
Other projects that Basin Recreation presented to the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission on Tuesday as part of their master plan include:
All of these projects Jordan said can be funded through the existing budget without the need for additional bonds.
The Field House final expansion could be a $10 to $15 million project, and Jordan said Basin Recreation is studying parking requirements at Newpark to determine how much expansion space remains.
"We have more than enough density. It’s just a matter of fitting what we would like," Jordan said.
Basin Recreation also has a good amount of trail projects on its plate for the near future, and Jordan said the district already has the necessary funding in place.
With money from a 2010 bond, Basin Recreation will work with Utah Open Lands and Hi Ute Ranch to establish community trail links near the recently acquired Hi Ute open space.
Other notable trail connections that Basin Recreation is planning are:
Jordan said Basin Recreation has an easement in Sun Peak where a trail would be impractical, and they are seeking to find another easement to make the Millennium Trail connection rather than shift the trail toward S.R. 224.
The S.R. 224 overpass, she stressed, would not look like the Interstate 80 overpass, and referred to certain bridges around Main Street that are made of stone, wood and metal as precedents. The overpass would be crucial for children in Bear Hollow and Sun Peak to walk to Parley’s Park Elementary School.
A potential project to be paid for with bond money Jordan said could be a pedestrian underpass near Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook that would connect to Jeremy Ranch Elementary School from Kilby Road to Rasmussen Road.
The most notable trails project, the East-West Wasatch Connector Trail in Silver Creek, could be funded by a Recreation, Arts and Parks grant by Summit County. If the RAP grant is not approved, Jordan said Basin Recreation would use 2010 bond funds to pay for the project.
Basin Recreation’s 2014 budget hearing was held on Wednesday, and Jordan said there were "no issues." She said they proposed a reduction of the general fund to be placed in the capital fund, which will help pay for several projects.
"We’re very well positioned to deliver on all of the projects that we’re planning," Jordan said.
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