Over the past few years, we have engaged in an extensive journey to improve recreation and park opportunities for our residents in a fiscally responsible way. The result is an innovative park and recreation partnership with Salt Lake County. The closing of the County-owned Marv Jenson Recreation Center provided an opportunity to enhance recreation services in South Jordan. To ensure South Jordan residents get the most robust and long-term recreation opportunities, a plan is in place for the County to assume operations of the South Jordan Fitness & Aquatics Center starting April 1, 2020, which is slated to be signed in the next few weeks.
One of the benefits of this partnership is the potential addition of a lap pool. The City, County and Jordan School District are working together to determine the feasibility of pool expansion.
This plan also creates a joint partnership between the City and the County on the 160 acre Bingham Creek Regional Park at the site of the former Welby Pit that will give South Jordan equal ownership and shared programming of the park. This is significant for several reasons. Bingham Creek will be the largest regional park in the County, and will function much like Sugar House Park. South Jordan City will play a role in its design, construction, management and programming. Recreation centers have a finite life and are expensive to run and maintain, but this park will be around for generations.
Current members should be aware of a few important points about this transition:
- Your current membership to the South Jordan Fitness & Aquatics Center will be honored by the County through the duration of the pass you purchased. Once the transition happens on April 1, you will need to change your City pass to a County pass at no additional cost. That can be done at your first visit after April 1.
- Your new pass will tie you into the County recreation system, which means you have the option to pay a little more to upgrade to an All-County pass. This gives you access to all County recreation facilities and outdoor pools, including J.L. Sorenson and Gene Fullmer.
- All indoor Fitness & Aquatics Center programs and classes will now be coordinated by the County. Outdoor programs, like soccer, softball, tennis, and SoJo Race Series, will still be provided by the City. The County will also continue to offer several outdoor programs that the City doesn’t offer like flag football, tee-ball, and track and field.
- The County intends to retain current Fitness & Aquatics Center classes, programs, and staff through the transition, making it easy and smooth for members and patrons. Additionally, the County intends to offer programming that’s not currently available at the facility.
We believe this plan will provide long-term benefits to the patrons of the recreation center and to the residents of our City. We view this partnership as a win for our community and we look forward to seeing our residents enjoy these new recreation opportunities for years to come.
South Jordan City Council
Dawn R. Ramsey, Mayor
Patrick Harris, Council Member, District 1
Bradley G. Marlor, Council Member, District 2
Donald J. Shelton, Council Member, District 3
Tamara Zander, Council Member, District 4
Jason T. McGuire, Council Member, District 5