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Trailside breaks ground on new projects

After analysis showed that land at Trailside Park was being underutilized, Snyderville Basin Recreation set out to make changes with the area’s youth in mind. Now, those additions are on their way from concept to concrete.

The park’s existing in-line skating rink will feature a modular, precast concrete skate park on its surface at the north end, and Program Manager Brian Hanton said work should be completed and the park open to skate by Aug. 7. A formal grand opening is tentatively planned for the evening of Aug. 21.

"As soon as I know for sure that everything is where it should be, we’ll make an announcement," Hanton said, unwilling to commit to a date. "There are typically more delays than what’s expected with construction."

Three truckloads of prefab cement skate features had already arrived, with another truck on its way as The Record went to press on Friday.

The $150,000 project was first approved March 17, and its expected completion date was sometime in May, but manufacturing slowdowns caused Missouri’s American Ramp Company to start late. Hanton said the recreation department thought there was a time stipulation in the contract, but upon further review realized there is no such language.

Some local skaters are showing their impatience.

"There were some kids up there trying to skate on the pieces," Hanton said. "They’re itching to get up there." Hanton urged skaters to stay off the grounds for the time being. "We’re as eager to get it open as they are," he said.

Slightly less than two thirds of the rink will remain unaltered to serve Wasatch Roller Derby (WRD) events during the summer, but the skate-park portion might be expanded if it is used at a much higher rate than the derby’s portion (only two WRD events are scheduled for this year).

Snyderville Basin also recently awarded a $90,000 contract to Progressive Trail Design of Arkansas to begin work on a bicycle pump track system at Trailside – with the intent of keeping cyclists off the new skating ramps.

Trails Maintenance Supervisor Bob Radke said the contractor will break ground on the project Sept. 27. "They really captured what our desires were," Radke said. "They were good for our time frame, and they heard what we were asking for."

A pump track takes mountain bikers through a loop on a series of rollers and berms, using their momentum to keep going with minimum pedaling. Twenty-one acres were set aside for the tracks; only about a third will be used in the first installment.

Features will include a kids’ center with a skills area for youngsters and a small pump track. Alongside that will be a beginners’ flow trail and an intermediate slopestyle trail.

"That will be phase one," Radke said. "Hopefully, we can find some more funding in subsequent years."

The district originally hoped to open the park around Memorial Day 2010, but didn’t realize how specialized the contractor work was when it set that goal. Now, it is likely the park will be opened in the spring.

"It’s going to be really cool," Radke said. "The contractor is really psyched."


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