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Basin Rec Hopes To Finish Toll Canyon Trail By End Of October

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Snyderville Basin Recreation has their annual golf tournament fundraiser coming up this month. Basin Rec director Brian Hanton introduces the event.

“This is on Wednesday, September 26th, and it’s going to be at the Canyons.” Hanton explained, “This one of our biggest fundraisers for our scholarship program. Our scholarship program is geared for the kids that maybe can’t afford our costs for our programs and sports and it still allows them a chance to play. The tournament itself is a fun tournament, you don’t have to be a great golfer to come play. We have some different games at the holes to give you some advantages. We have a basketball shoot, we have a football throw. We try a bunch of different things just to keep it fun—a corn hole toss—it can get you a little more advantage and just more fun out on the golf course.”

Entry is $400 for a team of four, you can register on Basin Rec’s website. Hanton says they’re also looking for sponsors, although they already have quite a few prizes they plan to give away.

“I think last year we got about $5,000 or so just for our scholarship program which helps out quite a bit.” Hanton continued, “We have some money set aside in our budget, but we typically exceed that. It’s nice to have that money go over and cover those costs as well. We want to get every kid involved and get every kid the opportunity to come and play with us so hopefully we don’t have any limitations to kids out there.”

Hanton says that those who need the scholarships can fill out a form or speak with the administrators.

Hanton also spoke to KPCW about the Toll Canyon trail. He says they should start the project any day now.

“Hopefully we’ll be done by mid-October, so it should be like a two-mile stretch of trail.” Hanton said, “Next year we hope to connect that to the trailhead at the Discovery development going on behind the Weilenmann School.”

Hanton describes where the two-mile trail is located.

“The Road to WOS, so up in Summit Park.” Hanton continued, “Then there’s a fire road that’s about two miles downhill towards Timberline. It’s kind of right outside of the Timberline back door. Next year our plans are connect it from that road to that Discovery Trailhead that we’re going to have.”

Hanton says they hoped to finish the trail in time for the snow to pack down the multi-use trail.

“That was our hope.” Hanton explained, “If we started earlier, we weren’t going to open it up because we want that snowpack to really help pack things down for us before we get wheels on there or feet or whatever usage we have. It’s designed to be a connector trail with hopes that the cars of the visitors that come into town, or even the people in that neighborhood, don’t drive their cars up to the trailheads in Summit Park. That they can use that bigger trail head what its designed for. Limit that traffic in that Summit Park area.”

Hanton says they have a good crew working on trails while trying to keep up with demand for additional trails.

“We try to keep it as safe as an environment as possible.” Hanton said, “We know that rocks are part of the adventure. That’s part of the experience out there, that’s why we have the hard surface trails if you don’t want any rocks. Our crews work hard. We also try to develop other areas for trails to disperse use. I think the level that we’ve been provided with in this town is great, but it also brings a lot of people here. We’re having a lot more use, which we want, but we also are finding that we would like to disperse that use. We try to find different areas in the community where we can maybe develop another trail system. Trying to get the garage as my trailhead. They can ride out of their garage, ride out of their home and have their hour ride or two-hour ride; instead of having to drive somewhere, park their cars, and then go ride.”

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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