Woodward Park City action sports camp set for Dec. 14 grand opening
Come December, Park City is set to be home to a new action sports destination when Woodward Park City opens.
The project, which began construction just over a year ago, announced it aims to be ready in time for the upcoming winter and will celebrate with a public grand opening on Dec. 14.
The event will feature demos for each of the sports offered during the winter and tours of the facilities, said Tucker Norred, senior marketing director of Woodward Park City. Proceeds will go to charity and special guests will be in attendance as well.
“Everything has truly gone amazing for us, especially getting as much progress we’ve done in just over a year,” Norred said. “It’s pretty remarkable that with a project of this size to still be on time for the winter opening is special. We had some issues with the winter weather but were able to battle through it to stay on track.”
The project spurred a debate in its planning phase when Powdr Corp, which operates five other Woodward camps, applied to use the land it occupies.
Next, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved the facility in early 2018 after more than a year reviewing the designs of the project.
The Summit County Council later upheld the permit after multiple attempts to stop construction.
“Every time we finish building a Woodward facility, we look for next location and we decided that we wanted to make it happen in Park City,” Norred said. “It was a couple year process regarding the permits but once it once we were approved and broke ground. There’s a constant thirst in Park City for people to enjoy being outdoors with their families and doing the things they love, so we wanted to bring that to them.”
With the grand opening just over two months away, Norred is excited about the amount of progress made thus far. When he shows up to work every day, he said, there’s something new that’s been done and something new to discover as the plans are still changing.
The 125-acre indoor and outdoor campus has lift access for snowboarding and skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. There will also be facilities for scooters, skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX and parkour, giving the entire campus the ability to be open to campers of all abilities and their friends and family from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the year.
“We will be operating all 365 days of the year, including holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” Norred said. “With the amount of indoor and outdoor activities that we have, with the way we designed the campus, it allows us to operate year-round. … And we fully believe that the residents of Park City will take advantage of the availability.”
According to Norred, Woodward has been specifically designed to be beneficial to people of all ages and capabilities, as well as the family and friends who want to watch instead of participating.
The 66,000-square foot indoor facility will not only give access to all sports on wheels, but consists of over 30,000-square feet of programmable activity space for classes or free use.
For those not wanting to participate in the activities, but enjoy being around the group, Woodward provides multiple seating/viewing areas. The third floor is designed as a café and bar with a walk-up cafeteria serving a variety of food and beverages.
“The point of the third floor design is to really give people an opportunity to sit back and relax, make it fun for them even though they don’t want to do the activities,” Norred said. “This is a place where you come with family and friends to enjoy the day, so why not give them the opportunity to have a drink or two and relax? It’s the perfect compliment to a cold winter day or a hot summer day.”
According to Norred, Woodward will have seasonal programs from ski and snowboard winter camps to mountain biking camps in the summer, as well as lessons in all sports as well as group and private lessons. There will be a class/clinic schedule available to all members or those looking to purchase a day pass.
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