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Creation of a conceptual site plan for the proposed Saratoga Springs recreation complex. The plan was discussed during the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

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Creation of a conceptual site plan for the proposed Saratoga Springs recreation complex. The plan was discussed during the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Courtesy of Saratoga Springs

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Creation of a conceptual site plan for the proposed Saratoga Springs recreation complex. The plan was discussed during the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

Creation of a conceptual site plan for the proposed Saratoga Springs recreation complex. The plan was discussed during the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022.


Saratoga Springs residents can comment on the possibility of a new indoor/outdoor recreation complex in the city.

Following the completion of a feasibility study and concept plan for a recreation center in February, the City of Saratoga Springs is now considering a possible ballot measure for an indoor/outdoor recreation complex and has invited residents to submit their input through a third-party survey.

The proposed location for the recreation complex is on Saratoga Road, east of Patriot Park and the Saratoga Springs Police Department offices. According to a Saratoga Springs press release, the complex the city is considering would include:

  • Outdoor leisure pools fed by hot springs overlooking Utah Lake.
  • Two indoor pools including a family/recreational pool and a lap pool.
  • Indoor fitness area with up to three full size basketball courts.
  • Additional indoor recreational facilities such as fitness/weight rooms, indoor elevated running track (above gym/court), climbing wall and multi-purpose rooms that could be used for exercise classes, community gatherings, adult education and more.
  • Additional support areas/amenities including bathrooms, changing rooms, childcare, concession stand, office/administrative space, lifeguard stations, storage and parking.

According to the press release, the city has hired a third party to collect data from residents through a public survey, which it says will help inform city officials’ decisions regarding the potential recreation complex.

The survey asks residents to rate their support for the potential construction of a new leisure complex, how likely it would be that they would recommend the new complex to a friend, and their support for a property tax increase to to pay him.

“Based on the recent cost escalation in Utah’s construction and labor markets, it is now estimated that the city’s property tax rate would need to be approximately double the current rate to fund the construction of a new indoor/outdoor recreation complex,” it said it in the poll. “In this scenario, it is estimated that the average homeowner’s property tax could increase by about $400 per year.”

Residents are also asked how likely it would be that they would pay an additional membership fee of up to $24 per month for an individual or $49 for a family to use the recreation complex’s facilities. The proposed fees are similar to those currently charged by recreational facilities in Lehi, American Fork, Provo and Orem.

To participate in the survey, residents can visit https://research.net/r/saratogaspringsreccomplex.

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