(Courtesy Snyderville Basin Recreation District)
Snyderville Basin Recreation District begins long awaited pedestrian trail system expansion.
PARK CITY, Utah - April 1, 2011-
Residents and visitors to Summit County will likely enhance their outdoor experience when improvements in connectivity throughout the Basin-wide trail system are completed later this year. Funds from the 2010 Open Space Bond Election will be used to deliver on what voters approved. According to Snyderville Basin Recreation District Director Rena Jordan, “We will do what we promised by expanding and improving the non-motorized trail system and acquire open space in western Summit County.” The District along with the Basin Open Space Advisory Committee is responsible for the overall management and allocation of proceeds from a $20 million general obligation bond, $8 million of which is earmarked for trail improvements and $12 million for open space acquisition. The bond measure passed by a wide margin with 72% of Basin residents voting to approve the measure.
Over the past several years, the District held numerous public meetings to assess, evaluate and prioritize upcoming trail projects. When a community consensus was reached, the District created a trails project list reflecting the interests of the majority. The list was then matched up to the District’s Trails Master Plan. “During the last fifteen years our focus has been on backcountry trails but there has been a growing interest in non-motorized transportation trails,” says Bonnie Park, District Public Affairs Manager. “Residents are often astonished by the District’s success in developing non-motorized trails.”
The Snyderville Basin trail system currently consists of a total of 121.55 miles with 93.5 miles (77%) of natural surface trails, 7.6 miles (6%) of soft surface trails and 13.8 miles (11%) of hard surface trails. 5.3 miles (45%) of hard surface transportation trails which are 10’ wide asphalt also include a 4’ soft surface to the side.
This winter many miles of trails were groomed by Basin Recreation’s trails team for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Other staff members oversaw the issuance of general obligation bonds in preparation for summer trail construction. While the Summit County Council approved issuing the $20 million bond, this year $5.4 million of the $8 million of the trails portion has been allocated towards transportation type trails and connectors. The projects include the Kimball Junction SR 224 underpass crossing, the Highland Drive connector trail, and the East Canyon Creek trail corridor. Residents in Highland Estates greatly support the Highland Drive connector trail because it will serve multiple users while connecting Kimball Junction to Silver Summit Parkway. The project will provide access to the Silver Quinn Trail constructed last summer and a new trailhead.
District Trails Project Manager Senta Beyer explains, “Non-motorized transportation trail connections are more costly to engineer and construct than backcountry trails. However, they provide a vital link from residential neighborhoods to community commercial centers and schools.” Transportation trails often provide access to the countywide backcountry trail system.
The Basin Recreation District Board will soon review service standards for all Basin Recreation facilities, including trails. The Capital Plan, now five years old, requires periodic amendments to reflect new recreational improvements and changes in the community profile.
Ultimately, the Snyderville Basin Recreation District hopes to make the Basin a friendlier, non-motorized community where residents can safely walk or ride on trails to a variety of destinations. For a detailed description of trail improvements included in the Capital Facilities Plan and Bond Expenditure Plan please visit the Snyderville Basin Recreation District website at:
ABOUT THE SNYDERVILLE BASIN SPECIAL RECREATION DISTRICT
The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District is a special District formed by Summit County to plan for, construct and operate recreation facilities and programs in the Snyderville Basin (the un-incorporated area surrounding Park City). Voters in the District authorized the sale of general obligation bonds to build the recreation facilities. As population increases in the Snyderville Basin, additional community park facilities (baseball fields, soccer fields and park support structures), recreation facilities and trails will be constructed using the funds collected through impact fees, as required by the District rules and regulations. More information may be obtained by requesting a copy of the Capital Facilities Plan and Recreation and Trails Master Plan from the District.