Rena Jordan worked hard so others could play
February 5, 2016
On a typical summer day in the Snyderville Basin, the area’s public parks and trails are teeming with activities for everyone from weekend warriors to serious athletes. And in the wintertime, while outdoor use subsides, the action picks up at popular indoor facilities like the Basin Fieldhouse. In fact, the Snyderville Basin Recreation District can barely add amenities fast enough to keep up with residents’ active lifestyles.
Next week, one of the people responsible for driving the district forward is leaving. After nine years at the helm, Director Rena Jordan is moving on. But she has ensured that the district will not stagnate in her absence.
Jordan helped to usher through a $25 million bond — from drawing board to public approval — that will fund a major expansion of the Fieldhouse at Kimball Junction. She has also helped to formulate plans for the future that include sites for new parks that will serve neighborhoods that are approved but not yet built.
The district serves the recreation needs of a vast, heavily populated area from Toll Canyon to Promontory. Amenities include hiking and biking trails, parks for people and for dogs, baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, wildlife underpasses, gyms and skate parks.
Also, in the last few years there has been a significant uptick in winter recreation cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snow cycling to name a few. In partnership with Mountain Trails Foundation and the county, Basin Recreation has stepped up its efforts to meet those needs, too. These days, cross-country skiers and others enjoy a network of groomed trails along McCleod Creek, State Road 224, on the Millennium Trail and through Willow Creek Park.
Needless to say, every sport has its passionate constituents and Jordan along with her board and staff have spent countless hours in public meetings trying to meet all of their expectations. Those discussions, at times, have been hot and heavy and the wheels of bureaucracy can move excruciatingly slowly. But Jordan has persevered.
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Parks and trails knit neighborhoods together andit is unlikely that the unincorporated subdivisions of the Snyderville Basin would have the sense of community that they do today without Jordan’s extraordinary efforts over the last nine years.
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