A group of Carbon High students and other members of the community are hoping the County Commission puts a recreation center at the top of their to-do list instead of working towards a new county administration building.
Nick Kiahtipes, junior class president at Carbon High School, said he and a group of fellow students began looking into the topic of a recreation center at the end of the school year in May. After hearing that the county commission voted in favor of building a new administration building on a piece of land at 750 E. 100 North in Price., Kiahtipes said the group in favor of a new recreation center got together to see how they could garner support in the community to put funding towards recreation in the area.
The multi-million dollar administration building is something that the county has been working on for many years. The current building on Main Street is considered to be old and dilapidated and one of the main goals for the new proposed building would be to centralize and have all of the county services in one location.
The search for adequate space has been going on for at least 10 years. Back when Wal-Mart was building its new store, there was some talk of relocating county services in the old building, where Sutherlands is now. Almost six years ago, the county also was looking at potential sites near the Holiday Inn, south Highway 10, and two sites on Airport Road.
The county has determined that the current offices are no longer adequate. Store rooms have been converted into offices and the electrical system is barely able to handle its current load.
Kiahtipes said the group looking to get a recreation center in Price has seen support come from groups including the Boy Scouts, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County, city council members, Carbon School District officials and others. During the summer, the group went to many businesses around Price handing out a petition for people to sign in favor of getting a recreation center.
"We want to have a place for people to go to for recreation and a place for youth to go and hang out at," Kiahtipes said noting that student groups at the high school don't always have the funding to reserve a place for activities. He said that places including the Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic Center at USU Eastern are not always available and the use of the Carbon High gymnasiums would require approval from school administrators.
Kiahtipes said the group will be attending the County Commission meeting on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to ask commissioners put funding for a recreation center ahead of erecting a new administration building.
"We would like to have a recreation center built before a new administration building is finished," he said.