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Recreation District close to finishing trail, Fieldhouse expansion

Director discusses project timelines

A cross-country skier rides the loop along the Snyderville Basin Recreation Millennium Trail on Monday. The recreation district has nearly finished a trail on the east side of State Road 224 that connects to it.
(Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

When Brian Hanton became the director of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District nearly six months ago, two large-scale projects were underway: the expansion of the Fieldhouse and construction of a trail along the east side of State Road 224.

The projects were approved under a $25 million bond in 2014 and part of the district’s overall master plan. In an interview with The Park Record on Monday, Hanton said they are now nearly complete.

“The (S.R.) 224 trail is about 99 percent complete and the Fieldhouse expansion is going really well right now. Luckily, the fall was good to us and we were able to do a lot more than we had planned,” Hanton said. “We are just really excited to be continuing to grow and expand.”

State Road 224 trail

The new trail along State Road 224 is a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail more than one-mile long that connects Park City to Kimball Junction. It starts at the 7-Eleven at the Blue Roof gas station on Silver Springs Drive and extends to the Wallin Barn, 5683 State Road 224, connecting with the underpass near Whole Foods Market.

“It is a great transportation trail,” Hanton said. “There are ways to get from the Junction into town, but you have to wind around the neighborhoods and really know where to go.

“With what the county and the city are doing with the transportation master plan, it will be a key component,” he said. “It is going to be a huge thing for the Basin.”

Hanton said people were using the trail “piece-by-piece before it was even finished.” During the winter, he said the district plans to continue plowing the trail “where we can” to encourage its use.

“We want those who are daring enough to ride their bikes in the winter to have that option,” Hanton said. “There are trails around Willow Creek and McCloud Creek parks that are all groomed for those who want to use the trails like that.”

Construction on the trail was delayed last year in order to get additional approvals to cross through sensitive wetlands.

“We still don’t have it totally complete and signed off on because of the different areas where we have some wetlands, but it should be done soon,” Hanton said.

Fieldhouse expansion

The third and final expansion of the Basin Fieldhouse is expected to be complete in late spring, Hanton said. Other than some parking restrictions, construction on the new 30,000-square-foot space has not directly impacted users, he said.

“During the second expansion, we had to close for a few days and the services desk was moved,” Hanton said. “Right now, there are areas where construction has broken into the building, but those areas are not being used.”

The expansion will include four heated outdoor-lap lanes, a hot tub and multi-purpose indoor gymnasiums, including volleyball and pickleball courts.

“People seem to be pretty excited about the outdoor pool and our hope is to be able keep it open year round,” Hanton said. “The gymnasium space is another added feature where we will be able to provide more community space for youth and adult sports leagues.”

Upcoming projects for 2017

After the first of the year, Hanton said the district will continue working on the Toll Canyon Stewardship and Management plan, part of which refers to a future trail network that would provide a connection to the Summit Park and Mid-Mountain trails. It was one of the major points of contention among residents when the plan was introduced.

“We’ve have had an environmental consultant up there,” Hanton said. “It will be a nice multipurpose trail. We will also have some trails that are just for hiking and walking only.

Hanton said the district will likely start taking comments on the trail’s proposed route in January, with the bulk of the trail system revealed later in the year.

“We want to allow people to have the opportunity to comment on it and see what we are proposing,” Hanton said. “Everyone has an opinion about where the trail should go and what should be saved, but I think this is going to be a great addition.

The district is also waiting for the dedication of the open space park approved under the Silver Creek Village Center development, Hanton said, adding “we are excited that they have already started infrastructure for the development.”

This week, Hanton said district officials will be meeting with Silver Creek developers to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding for the 80-acre park.

“We have already walked around over there and we will have a trail going from the underpass at Highland Drive to the Interstate 80 underpass near the Silver Creek neighborhood. There will also be a trail around the entire development that will be multi-purpose and equestrian,” Hanton said. “With the 20 acres we already purchased, this turns into a 100-acre park will be larger than everything that we have now. We can’t wait to get started.”

For more information about upcoming projects and events in the district, go to http://basinrecreation.org/.


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