TAYLORSVILLE — The city is padding its park system.
Add a new recreation center, a new 20-acre "family" park and beef up a 7-acre skate park, and you have something for youth to do in Taylorsville.
Nearly 40 percent of the city's population is age 18 and younger, said Mayor Janice Auger. Upon completion of a $6.8 million, 47,000-square-foot recreation center in July 2002, those youths will no longer have to trek to neighboring Kearns or West Valley for indoor recreation.
Taylorsville City is kicking in $3.1 million for the project without raising taxes or taking on debt, Auger said. Low bidder Layton Construction will probably be awarded the contract to build the new facility, and construction should begin by the beginning of May, Auger said.
It's exciting to get a new recreation center, said Auger, but "it's more exciting because it meets the needs across the board."
The city's new center will feature a climbing wall, a Junior Jazz gym, fitness and aerobics rooms, a full-size gym and a multipurpose gym for indoor hockey, soccer and batting cages.
"Taylorsville City is really a young community," said Glenn Lu, director of Salt Lake County's parks and recreation department.
"This indoor facility will provide them a place to practice, even during the winter."
The county will maintain and operate the center, located at about 2700 West and 5000 South. An indoor pool is planned for a future phase.
Lu said the center will not affect county taxes.
Taylorsville is also adding Millrace Park near the Jordan River just north of 5400 South. This "family" park will feature a walking trail, pavilions, picnic areas and practice fields.
Up for discussion is whether to add a playground for children with disabilities, Auger said. "If somebody's got a handicapped child, where do they take them?"
Total cost of the park is about $1.5 million.
The Taylorsville Park, home to the city's popular skate park, will also get a few upgrades in coming months.