The Snyderville Recreation District is updating its Strategic Action Plan for the first time in seven years.
The District is presenting the plan, and taking input, at a virtual meeting this Thursday.
Recreation District Director Brian Hanton said that the Zoom meeting is on Thursday the 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. To find out how to access the session, go to the District’s website and link to the Events tab.
He said the last time they formulated the Action Plan was in 2013.
“When we did this in 2013, there was ten items that were listed as top things that we needed to implement into the community. We were able to knock off seven of those—with cardio weights, basketball courts, lap lanes, group fitness, trails and trailheads, outdoor lap lanes, and off-leash dog areas. And these were all things that the community was looking for. And that’s why we wanted to go through this process again, knowing how much our community has changed over the last five to six years.”
Lisa Benson, from the firm Landmark Design, is a consultant for the District. She said there have been some changes, but some priorities in the old Plan are still popular.
“Well, what is interesting is that some of those facilities are still desired by residents, and still came up with scoring high in this newer study—things like indoor multi-purpose fields. Also, outdoor multi-purpose fields are still important. But there are also some items that came up as more important more recently, like climbing walls, outdoor pickleball courts. Some of those items kinda rose to the top. As Brian said, as they meet priority, we can continue to see what new needs arise, and focus on those newer needs.”
We asked Hanton where they can find the space for new facilities. He replied that one possibility is the 100 acres of space they have at Silver Creek Village.
As for the county-owned Gilmor parcel along the Highway 40 frontage road, Hanton said they’re planning trailheads and trails on that land but not facilities. That’s due to restrictions stemming from the old mine contaminants on the land, part of the Silver Creek watershed.
Finally, we asked him if they will develop more space for an ice rink.
“I mean, it’s still on our list of things. And we’re working with the city. There’s a private entity that’s still in the works, developing a two-sheet rink, Black Rock Development. And so we’re hoping that that continues to fruition. And it’s only a mile away from the existing ice rink. That’s kinda our plan is to hope that that continues.”
Director Brian Hanton and consultant Lisa Benson, for the Snyderville Recreation District.