As weather finally begins to warm in the Snyderville Basin, the Recreation District is busy preparing for Spring activities.
Snyderville Basin Recreation District Director Brian Hanton reports that the department worked on an unpleasant project last Saturday to clean up the Run-A-Muk dog park.
“There was a lot out there and we appreciate everybody that came out. We had about 30 people or so show up and some spent the whole two hours out there. Rough estimate was we collected almost 600 lbs. of leftover dog poop.”
Hanton says the Rail Trail, Willow Creek, and different parks all face similar challenges to Run-A-Muk.
“Some people either didn’t grab a poop bag when they went or they’re in a conversation with a friend and don’t see where their dog goes. That’s the good and bad of that area is that dogs can run anywhere. You don’t always have eyesight but you kind of hope even if you’re in there for the two miles if you don’t see your dog go pretty sure there’s another dog that left something that you can pick up. Hopefully people can continue, those that have been doing it. Others, if we can just pick up the slack.”
Another item of interest for residents is the opening of Rob’s Trail. Per the Recreation Districts easement agreement with Vail the trail will open on May 15th.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of snow on there anyways and probably pretty soft. As soon as we can get their we plan on having the 15th as our timeline. Maybe we’ll get out there a little bit earlier to try to cut down some trees. I’m sure that’s typically what happens up there so it’s ready for the community when it’s usable.”
Despite waiting on some snow to melt, Hanton says that a lot of spring activities for youth began last week.
“All indoors at the fieldhouse unfortunately because of the wonderful snow we had this year. Baseball, softball, t-ball, basketball, we have our mountain biking clinics, intro to lacrosse, soccer clinics, volleyball clinic, so lots of options if you have kids ranging from probably 4 to about 14. Lots of choices to choose from. Then come the summer we have our summer camp that we’ll be kicking off when school gets out. That's registering now too and those are filling up fast. All of our events for the summer are up there too, so if you're looking for movies in the park, all of our fun runs, our mountain miles runs, we have all those online on our website.”
Hanton says that numbers on summer programs are limited in hopes to have better experiences. Finally, Basin Rec asks residents to be patient as they prepare for the changing season.
“The big thing is we know we’re excited to get on the trails and on the fields, but let our crews get their work done. We want to make them as best we can for you, so be patient. Hopefully we can prepare those, let them dry a little bit, and then our crews will have him ready to go.”
You can find out more information about recreation opportunities in the Snyderville Basin here.