Nate Brown joins Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District board
Since moving to Summit County nearly 10 years ago, Nate Brown says he has taken advantage of most of the Snyderville Basin’s recreation opportunities.
He skis, hikes and participates in several of the adult leagues that are offered through the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, such as softball, golf and basketball.
Over the years, Brown has connected with the district’s staff and volunteers, while fostering an appreciation for, what he calls, a "really unique place that encompasses so much outdoor recreation and fitness-based activities.
"And it’s all at our fingertips," Brown said. "They (district) are constantly expanding on their trails, open spaces and providing more parks and facilities for the adults and children and any outsiders that come here, to keep the community active. That is what is awesome."
In December, when Brown heard there would be an opening on the district’s administrative control board, he applied for the volunteer position. Board members are appointed to four-year terms and are responsible for overseeing the operations of the district and allocating funds.
"I didn’t have a personalized agenda when I applied," Brown said. "I was just looking to get in and see where I can help and what I can offer. I have an administrative background in athletics and sports and worked in college athletics so I have experience overseeing things like that.
The Summit County Council recently appointed Brown to the seven-member board to replace former member Brian Guyer, who moved out of state. Brown’s first meeting was April 13. He joins fellow board members Catherine Kahlow, David Kottler, Gary Resnick, Ben Castro, Marilyn Stinson and Aaron Newman.
"I would love to see more diversity of people on our trails and find a way to provide more indoor spaces because we just have a plethora of club sports," he said.
Brown moved to the area nine years ago after accepting a position as the physical education teacher at Parley’s Park and Trailside elementary schools. He has coached basketball and football teams in the community and within the Park City School District. Next year he is transferring to Ecker Hill Middle School.
Brown’s appointment comes as the recreation district is on the verge of breaking ground on several large projects, including the second and final expansion of the Fieldhouse and some major trail developments.
At Brown’s first meeting, a contract was awarded for a trail along the east side of State Road 224 that will connect Silver Springs Drive to Kimball Junction. Construction is scheduled to begin sometime in May. Money from the 2014 Open Space and Recreation Bond is funding the $550,000 project.
Another expansion that is also scheduled to get underway is for the Basin’s off-leash dog trail, Run-A-Muk, near the Utah Olympic Park. As part of a nearly $100,000 land exchange with Rocky Mountain Power, the Run-A-Muk property will be expanded by 3.5 acres to allow for additional parking and more trails. Construction will begin in the middle of June.
"We do have some big projects coming up," said Megan Suhadolc, interim recreation district director.
Suhadolc was promoted from her position as business manager in March after longtime former director Rena Jordan announced her resignation. Suhadolc said the district is working with an executive search firm and the position will likely be posted toward the end of the month.
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