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Rec center proposed in Sandy

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Folks living in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley may soon be able to slim down and pump up without driving far.

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Division hopes to build a recreation center at 10620 S. 1000 East to serve Sandy and other county residents living in the old Crescent community.The project is still in the site-review process "but does have the blessing of (Sandy's) planning commission," said Sandy Community Development Director Michael G. Coulam.

Sandy's 1996 parks, recreation and trails master plan identified a need for a recreation and swimming facility inside Sandy.

"This is really going to be an amenity to this area," said city spokesman Rick Davis.

The proposed facility will include an indoor swimming pool with an outdoor sun deck, three indoor basketball courts, weight and aerobics rooms and a daycare center. An outdoor roller hockey/basketball court and baseball diamond are planned for a future phase.

A proposed 10-foot-wide meandering trail would encircle the facility.

Developers, who selected the Crescent site because of its central location, say property owners surrounding the would-be recreation center are generally pleased with the proposal. Many gathered for an April meeting to study the proposal and express concerns.

"The overall attitude was very positive and many were excited for this facility," wrote project manager Ronald Jones in a letter to Sandy planners.

A few residents living near the proposed site have voiced concern about additional traffic in neighboring subdivisions, available parking space and night lighting of the baseball diamond.