Public invited to give input on future recreation facilities and programs
Park City Recreation Department and Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District are jointly holding open houses on Wednesday, May 1 to receive public feedback on the future of county recreation.
"We did it together because we overlap and share so many programs and facilities," Snyderville Basin District Director Rena Jordan said.
The two entities recently completed a recreation facility demands study, as well as a community interest and opinion survey.
"It’s basically needs and wants," explained Jordan.
The study indicated that the community needs more multi-purpose indoor fields, indoor tennis courts and indoor aquatic centers.
But the completion of the study led to more questions.
"We thought, we have a scientific analysis," Jordan said. "Now we should ask the community what they want. So we sent the survey out last year to every resident in Park City and the Snyderville Basin."
The survey yielded a high return rate of 20 percent, surprising the consultant, Jordan said.
"But we thought they would answer. People mostly live here for recreation, so the response didn’t surprise us," Jordan said.
Among the top "wants" indicated in the survey were dog parks and off-leash areas; climbing facilities; and more trails, mountain biking, hiking and winter recreation areas.
The study and survey also identified program demands, such as more wellness programs, senior and youth programs, and Nordic skiing programs.
After receiving the information from the study and the survey, Park City and the District decided to create a strategic action plan.
"The important piece of this is for staff not to just be left on their own," Jordan said. "It’s overwhelming to try to prioritize. So now we need to bring all that together and put it out to the public to say, here is our strategic action plan, and by the way, this may mean that if we really want to go forward with these priorities that you helped us identify, we may either need to do another bond or increase the tax rate in order to fund these items."
Jordan added that much of the funding for recreation facilities comes from impact fees.
"So when the economy is really coming back and people start building houses again and developments take off again, we get funded to do major facility improvements," she said. "So it’s really the right time to be looking at this, because the funding piece will have to be looked at, and we are already feeling the improvement with people coming in to pay impact fees."
Open house locations
Wednesday, May 1
Basin Recreation Fieldhouse: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Park City MARC: Noon to 2 p.m.
Park City Ice Arena: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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