A rec cen­ter in Sp. Fork?

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Stacy Beck

Re­cently the Span­ish Fork City Coun­cil asked me to be one of 25 cit­i­zens on a cit­i­zens com­mit­tee cre­ated to as­sess the fea­si­bil­ity of con­struct­ing a new recre­ation cen­ter, li­brary, se­nior cit­i­zens cen­ter and city of­fice build­ing in Span­ish Fork. We have met monthly since March and in­vited cit­i­zens to a public work­shop on May 12 at Larsen El­e­men­tary School. This work­shop gave great in­sight on cur­rent at­ti­tudes to­ward the pro­posal. Span­ish Fork City has one of the low­est tax rates in Utah County and we found that 81 per­cent of cit­i­zens would sup­port a prop­erty tax in­crease to fund the project. Be­cause of com­mu­nity sup­port, growth and op­por­tu­nity, our city is in a per­fect po­si­tion for this to move for­ward. Span­ish Fork res­i­dents would vote on the bond this Novem­ber.

When cit­i­zens were sur­veyed at the meet­ing, we learned that build­ing a recre­ation cen­ter was the num­ber one pri­or­ity. Sec­ond and third were a li­brary and se­nior cit­i­zen cen­ter, neck and neck. The low­est in­ter­est was in a new city of­fice build­ing. Public in­put also fa­vors uti­liz­ing a multi-use fa­cil­ity to make things like shared com­mon ar­eas more cost ef­fec­tive. The project would re­quire eight to 10 acres of prop­erty. We are look­ing at land cur­rently owned by the city as well prop­erty that can eas­ily be ac­quired.

The cit­i­zen com­mit­tee has iden­ti­fied four core val­ues that will guide fu­ture de­ci­sions. They are: keep­ing a home­town feel, main­tain­ing good ac­ces­si­bil­ity, con­sol­i­dat­ing build­ings into a “life cen­ter,” and ac­count­ing for planned growth. There are ob­vi­ous rea­sons for hav­ing shared or com­bined build­ings. For ex­am­ple, se­niors in our area will be more likely to use a fa­cil­ity if there is easy ac­cess to a rec cen­ter and/or li­brary. By hav­ing a place where we can bring our youth, use the ameni­ties with our fam­i­lies and en­cour­age the older gen­er­a­tion to par­tic­i­pate along with us, this truly will be a life cen­ter. To keep up on the lat­est in­for­ma­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of this project, you can visit https://span­ish­fork.fo­rum­bee.com, or to find an­swers to ques­tions from the public meet­ing, visit http:// span­ish­fork.fo­rum­bee.com/t/k9y3ag.

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