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What’s the PCMARC, you ask? It’s where you might be working out

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Recreation-loving Parkites might be uttering the acronym ‘PCMARC’ later this year.

Or, perhaps, it might just be ‘MARC.’

Park City leaders have suggested a name for the recreation center now under construction at the site where the Racquet Club once stood. They plan to call the Park Meadows facility the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center.

And there is talk that Parkites will not want to rattle off the seven words in the official name each time they refer to the facility. A consultant hired by City Hall crafted the recommendation for the name. Lindon Leader, the consultant, presented his ideas to the Park City Council at a recent meeting. He said in an interview afterward he expects the acronym ‘PCMARC’ to be adopted by Parkites.

The Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center moniker addresses two long-running issues with the Racquet Club name that was attached to the old facility.

Some people saw the Racquet Club moniker as being limiting since it was tightly associated with tennis instead of the broad range of sports facilities and programs offered at the facility. There were also concerns that the Racquet Club name did not offer a clear indication that the facility was owned and operated by the municipal government.

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The project has been referred to as the Park City Recreation Center during the construction.

Meanwhile, the consultant wants the tennis area at the facility to be named in honor of the late City Councilwoman Candy Erickson. Leader said Erickson was an avid tennis player. He suggested the tennis area be called the Candy Erickson Tennis Center.

City Hall is spending $10.5 million on the work, one of the most ambitious municipal construction projects leaders have undertaken. Most of the Racquet Club building was demolished as the work started.

Officials anticipate a completion date in late November, approximately three weeks behind schedule. The new facility will offer numerous upgrades in athletic equipment and spaces as well as a series of environmental improvements. Some of the features will include a 12-foot-tall wall for bouldering and a yoga studio.