A rec center in Sp. Fork?
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.