After many years of planning, designing, and engaging with the public, the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department (TCJPRD) is excited to announce that construction on the Recreation Center Expansion project is set to begin.
Beginning Monday, May 23, the public can expect to see staff moving office locations and contractors moving the front desk to a temporary location. Throughout the construction project, parking will also be impacted at various lots and may require visitors to park on nearby streets or use the Home Ranch located just down the street at 250 N. Cache Street. The public is also encouraged to use the START Bus Town Shuttle or other modes of transportation when possible.
The 20-month expansion project will build on many successful, existing facilities and programs with the addition of health and fitness opportunities, an indoor walking and running track, a second gymnasium, and an indoor climbing wall facility. Staff intends to keep the aquatic center and gymnasium open throughout most of the construction but recognize that there may be occasions when the facilities will need to be closed temporarily.
“We are mindful that there may be times that are challenging for both staff and Recreation Center users, but we are trying to mitigate those impacts as much as possible,” said TCJPRD Director Steve Ashworth. “We appreciate the public’s enthusiasm for this project, as well as their understanding and patience over the next 20 months.”
The public will notice an immediate change over the next several weeks as staff, in partnership with One22 and the Jackson Cupboard, work to identify an alternative location for the satellite food pantry that is located at the entrance of the Recreation Center.
“The program and satellite pantry have been a great resource and we are very proud to play a role in a partnership that has such a positive impact on our community,” said Ashworth. “It is our goal to provide a permanent, dedicated space for this program in the new facility.”
The public can stay updated on changes to programs, altered hours of operations, disruption of services, and parking closures though Teton County’s new public engagement site at https://publicinput.com/reccenterexpansion. Staff and the construction team will post weekly information to the Parks and Recreation engagement site, which will also include the construction management plan and illustrations of how the Recreation Center will appear once the expansion is complete. The public is also encouraged to follow the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.
On November 5, 2019, the voters approved the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Expansion and Renovation, Community Climbing Gym, King Street Extension, and Stormwater Treatment proposal for $22,000,000 as part of a 1% Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) on goods and services.