Rec Master Plan schedule shifts as school district assumes bigger role
After three years of preparation including a community survey in 2012 and an action plan in 2013, the Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan was scheduled for a series of public meetings this spring and summer to settle on priorities for recreation facilities and preferred locations. That process had to undergo an adjustment this month, however, after the Park City School District elected to take a more active role in the proceedings.
"PCSD has always been involved in the process but recently became a formal part of the contract," said Park City School Board Member Julie Eihausen. "When that happened, we all agreed that a timing shift was necessary."
The first public meetings were held at the PC MARC and the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse March 2, and the next meetings were scheduled to take place at those same locations April 13. The revised schedule now calls for just one meeting, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Park City High School.
"The extra time is needed to incorporate concepts, both new and reconfigured, to take all needs into account," Eihausen said. "Additional PCSD sites will now be part of the mix, so time is needed to figure out how the goals of the community, including the school district, can be presented to the public for feedback and eventually completed."
Lisa Benson is a project manager for Landmark Design, the firm leading the Master Plan project. She said PCSD previously served in an advisory role, with a member of the school board and the athletics and activities director providing their input. The school district now being directly involved as an official partner — along with Park City Municipal Corporation and Snyderville Basin Recreation District — changes the project for the better.
"This expanded scope will now allow us to fold the major school district sites into the big-picture analysis," Benson said. "As part of the Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan, we will now be looking at the Kearns and Ecker Hill campuses to see how they fit into the regional recreation picture."
Benson said the school district getting more involved was something that came up frequently at the March 2 public meetings.
"Many people expressed concern that the School District wasn’t involved as a formal
partner at that point," she said. "The District, Snyderville Basin, and Park City Recreation have a history of working collaboratively to meet the recreation needs of residents, and it is great to see that partnership continue on this project.
"It will help the planning team, the Advisory Committee, and staff ensure that recreation needs and opportunities are examined with a more complete, regional approach."
Eihausen said the district is "thrilled" to be a partner in the Master Plan process.
"The district has more of an opportunity to make our needs known and the community has been very clear that they want us to join forces," she said. " collaborating, the recreation needs of our community will be better met."
For more information on the Mountain Recreation Facilities Master Plan, visit http://www.RecFacilitiesMP.org.
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