Basin Recreation

Leslie Thatcher

The explosion of e-bikes’ popularity in recent years has sparked discussion among local trail managers: Do e-bikes belong on trails?


Just a handful of years ago, e-bikes were an uncommon sight around Park City. Today, a combination of better technology and the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging people to recreate outdoors has led to a dramatic rise in their use.


Basin Recreation

Keeping the Snyderville Basin trail system from being loved to death is still a challenge as representatives for Basin Recreation gave an update June 2 to the Summit County Council.


At least one county councilor disagrees with Basin Rec about whether permitting will have to be used to limit trail use.


On Wednesday, Basin Rec director Dana Jones told the council the problems didn’t arise overnight and it will take some time to solve them.


Basin Recreation

The Snyderville Basin Recreation District is unveiling a short-term trail access plan, as warmer weather arrives with the spring.


Recently, Basin Rec and Summit County officials have been concerned that the Basin’s world-class trail system is being loved to death. 


The effects have been seen as trails and parking lots in residential areas are crowded by locals, out-of-county visitors, and recreationists trying to get outside during the past year of pandemic.


As trail use continues to increase, Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones outlines the new short-term trail access plan to accommodate the rise in traffic. 

In the monthly update, Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones shares new programs available through Basin Recreation, including a free winter trail challenge.

Jones also speaks to the short-term trail access plan document, which is scheduled for release by the end of March.


Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:47) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(05:34) - Sundance Film Festival CFO and Managing Director Betsy Wallace has a recap on how this year's festival went.

(23:33) - U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association Update with Communications Manager Lara Carlton.

(37:20) - Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones has a monthly update.

Courtesy Utah Division Forestry Fire State Lands

A petition has been circulating in the community in opposition to the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District’s Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project in Summit Park and currently has over 350 signatures.


The petition begins with “thank you for caring about the forest in Summit Park.”


Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District

 When winter comes, more people workout inside, and The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District wants their indoor track to be ready.


That’s why the track will be closed for the rest of the month for improvements.  Melissa O’Brien is the district’s interim director.

Basin Recreation

The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District will be holding a virtual public meeting on Thursday, August 27 from 6-8pm to update the public on a multi-year forest health project. The meeting will also allow the public to comment on the program. 


The multi-year Forest Health and Hazardous Fuel Reduction project is slated to get underway in September and is aimed at reducing forest fire risk in key areas of Summit County.


Basin Rec

The Snyderville Recreation District has a new director, at least for the interim. And the District also has some new authority in overseeing trailheads in the Snyderville Basin.


The resignation of District Director Brian Hanton was announced in late July.


On Wednesday, the County Council voted to name Melissa O’Brien, a planning and legal affairs manager with the District, as the interim Director.



Two leaders of prominent organizations in Summit County are stepping down from their posts.


Snyderville Basin Recreation District executive director Brian Hanton and Park City Museum executive director Sandra Morrison have resigned.


Basin Recreation

The Summit County Council has voted to begin enforcing stricter parking policies at popular trailheads last week. Signage was put in place over the weekend and enforcement is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1.


Basin Recreation


Summit County officials hosted a webinar on Tuesday evening to discuss the future of trail access in the Snyderville Basin. Access to Summit County’s extensive trail system has been a touchy subject for many locals with increased use causing congestion and other issues on the trails.


In his Thursday interview with KPCW, Summit County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong talked about two different issues that impact Snyderville Basin residents.    Those are  the Snyderville Rec District’s proposed 72 percent tax increase; and the routing of the Basin’s bus system.   

Armstrong told KPCW that he wants to dig deep into re-examining the bus routes in the Basin.    He said they’re still not making it easy for people to ride the bus.         

Park City Recreation Department

More than 400 surveys were mailed out to Park City and Snyderville Basin residents a couple of weeks ago – to find out what they think are the area’s most important recreation needs. The rest of the community can add their two-cents starting Thursday.

The invites to fill out the recreation survey were chosen randomly by the consultant who was hired for the project. The addresses were selected using the voter registration rolls and emails on file.