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Parks and Rec Board approves $34 million re-design and expansion of the Jackson Recreation Center

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Last week, the Board of Directors for the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department approved the plan for the $34 million re-design and expansion of the recreation center. According to Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve Ashworth, in 2010, they went to the voters through a Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) vote to receive approval and funding for the design, planning and construction document portion of the project. "The voters awarded approximately $850,000 to complete this work with the expectation we would bring back them the design to vote on for construction implementation," said Ashworth. Prior to design and planning, a survey was administered in 2005 to assess the community needs for the recreation center. A follow-up survey was administered in 2012 to re-evaluate the community needs. The needs identified in both surveys included additional program space, health and fitness, and improvements to the aquatic facility. "What we found is that the needs did not change, however the public’s interest in moving forward, as well as the numbers requesting improvements increased," said Ashworth. "Since that point we have worked with our design team, parks and rec board and the elected officials to develop a plan that most effectively meets the communities needs and sets the facility up to be relevant and successful for the next 25 years." The board approved a $34 million budget for re-design and construction to include: - Site parking and reconfiguration: $1.5 million - King Street Extension: $500,000 - Base facility renovation (second gym, track, health and wellness, multi-purpose rooms, offices, meeting and gathering space): $15 million - Existing aquatics renovation, mechanical, and splash pad addition: $4.5 million - Aquatic area expansion (lesson pool, dive pool, therapy pool): $10 million - 6,500 SF Family Activity Space Shell for future: $2.5 million Ashworth said that the project will most likely be funded by a voter approved SPET. This is how the original building was funded along with the design and planning for the expansion. *Feature Photo: Mock of the southwest entrance of the Jackson Recreation Center improvements. h/t Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news