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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Expansion and Renovation, Community Climbing Gym, King Street


The expansion of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center to include an additional gymnasium, indoor walking/running track, indoor climbing gym, wellness and fitness opportunities, outdoor aquatics splash pad, general youth to senior recreational amenities, associated building infrastructure, King Street extension, storm-water management systems, and associated site parking, multi-modal circulation and landscaping.  Any unexpended funds, including any unused contingency funds, shall be placed into a designated account, the principal interest of which shall be used for operations and maintenance of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center.  To the extent necessary and allowed by law, the pledge to or payment of debt service and/or lease payments thereon the project.  This project is sponsored by Teton County.

Proposed Recreation Center Amenities:

  • Additional 65’x105’ indoor Gymnasium
  • 200 Yard Indoor Walking/Running Track
  • 5,750 SF Indoor Climbing Gym
  • 8,600 SF Outdoor Zero Depth Aquatic Splash Pad
  • 3,800 SF Indoor Health & Fitness Multi-purpose Studios
  • 3,850 SF Indoor Health & Fitness Exercise Equipment Studios
  • 2 Community Health Collaborative Consultation Rooms
  • 1,000 SF Drop-in-Daycare w/Outside Playground
  • 900 SF Community and Student Lounge
  • 750 SF Birthday Party/Event Room
  • 1,000 SF Outdoor Climbing Boulders

Proposed Associated Community Infrastructure

  • King Street Extension for Emergency Access
  • Multi-modal Pathway Connection
  • Cache Creek Stormwater Extension
  • Downtown Stormwater Collection and Treatment System
  • Enclosed Community Recycling Collection Facility
  • Seasonal P&R Staff Vehicle Camping

SUPPORTING FACTS per the National Parks and Recreation Association:

The following points support the critical role of public parks and recreation in improving health and wellness.

  • Living close to parks and other recreation facilities is consistently related to higher physical activity levels for both adults and youth.
  • Adolescents with easy access to multiple recreation facilities were more physically active and less likely to be overweight or obese than adolescents with without access to such facilities.
  • Increasing access to recreation facilities is an essential strategy for prevent childhood obesity.
  • Parks and recreation facility renovations can increase vigorous physical activity among children and can also increase the use of certain types of facilities.
  • Park and recreation agencies are the second largest feeder of children, next to schools.
  • Park and recreation agencies annually serve approximately 560 million meals to children through summer and after school programs.
  • A 2011 study conducted on Seattle’s park and recreation system revealed that Seattle’s residents were able to save $64 million in medical costs as a result of getting physical activity in the parks and recreation facilities.

Recreation activity is a medium in which participants can change their self-image and gain personal satisfaction.  Quality of life benefits from recreational activities include:

  • Enhanced self-esteem through improved feelings of self-worth, reliance, and confidence,
  • Personal growth,
  • Enhanced expression of and reflection on personal spiritual ideals, and
  • Feelings of satisfaction from one’s personal, neighborhood and community life.

Physical Activity Diminishes Risk of Chronic Disease:

Recreational activities also significantly reduce the risk of many serious diseases.  The Physical Activity and Health:  A Report of the Surgeon General state that millions of Americans suffer from diseases that can be prevented or the symptoms improved through increased physical activity:

  • 12.5 Million people have cardiovascular disease,
  • 1.5 Million people suffer from a heart attack in a given year,
  • 50 million people have high blood pressure,
  • 8 million people have adult-onset Type II diabetes,
  • 95,000 people are newly diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and
  • 250,000 people suffer from an osteoporosis related hip fracture each year (HHS, 1996).

“…local park and recreation users report fewer visits to a physician for purposes other than checkups than did non park and recreation users…”  (Ho et al., 2003, April)

Physical activity was related to significant reductions in depression in five separate studies during the 1990s that concentrated on the re-analysis data from groups of earlier individual studies.  The reductions occurred for subjects who were classified as non-depressed, clinically depressed, or mentally ill (Landers, 1997).


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