The city could definitely use its own recreation center to meet the growing demands of the Kays-ville sports programs, but how to pay for such a facility is the key issue.
At a recent City Council work meeting, the idea of having a recreation center surfaced. City Manager John Thacker said now would be a good time to pay for it with a general obligation bond."It's a good time to bond," Thacker said, referring to the low interest rates.
At this time, the tentative recreation center proposal doesn't even have its amenities defined. A swimming pool? The contents haven't really been discussed yet.
However, Thacker said $3 million is a ballpark figure on a recreation center's cost, and he hopes it would contain gymnasiums to take the pressure off the city's overcrowded Junior Jazz Basketball program. Kaysville is currently using all the school gymnasiums in the city and yet still has a need for more gyms.
Thacker said there's room in Barnes Park, west of I-15, for a recreation center. He hopes the tentative center will be discussed in future council meetings.