Sunday, August 7, 2011

Uintah County Recreation District ready for busy winter of sports Dan Rodgerson

Aldon Rachele

Uintah Recreation District is busy moving onto upcoming sports such as indoor soccer and various basketball programs with winter weather approaching plus preparing to build its recreation center. A ground breaking was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

The Community Recreation Center will be located just off the intersection of Vernal Avenue near 600 South on an 80-acre parcel of land. When it is fully developed it will be dedicated almost exclusively to recreation-oriented activities, according to recreation district officials.

Included in the 78,000 square foot building will be indoor lap and leisure pools, climbing wall, double gym, running track, activity areas, aerobic and dance area, administrative offices, childcare, party rooms, public meeting area/conference room; support and storage areas.

The long, sloping roof forms of the Uintah Recreation Center will be formed from nearby rock outcroppings at Red Fleet Reservoir. The interplay of the multiple sloping roofs is similar to the formations that are so prominent at Red Fleet. The roof forms also provide natural light at key locations in the building, most notably around the indoor pool area.

Material selection and detailing is also influenced by the surrounding landscape of Uintah County with locally available stone being used at key locations such as the entry. Colored concrete block will be used and detailed to depict the stratification that is evident in nearby rock formations. Other use of materials such as corrugated metal and heavy timber will reflect resources that are commonly found in Uintah County.

Uintah Recreation District officials went on say that childcare, public meeting and conference areas, along with the kitchen and restrooms, will be placed on the entrance side of the control desk so that these areas can be used independently from the major activity areas during times when the full recreation center is't open.

The recreation district staff consists of: Dan Rodgerson, executive director; Robin ODriscoll, recreation director; Bart Mecham, park superintendent; Rafe Johnston, golf course supervisor; Kent McCurdy, golf pro; Shauna Jo Eves, Kyle Bishop, program coordinators; Sage Garcia, aquatics coordinator.

Staff members will be busy taking registrations for indoor soccer youth ages 5 to 8 years old on the first day of sign-ups, Oct. 23. Matches will be played, Thursday evenings (5:30-8:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon) beginning January 11 at Vernal Middle School They will be introduced to the basics of the game. The program will run 6 to 8 weeks. There will be two divisions with the older division age restrictions limited to children who have not reached their 9th birthday by April 1, 2007.

An Itty Bitty Ball Session for young children (ages 3-5) and their parents is set to be held from Jan. 2 to Jan. 25 in a four-week format. Kids and parents will take part in basketball, soccer, tennis, and baseball on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. at Vernal Junior High. The cost is $15 per person. Registration is currently underway.

A youth basketball league of co-ed teams for 3rd/4th graders and 5th grade boys squads is underway (began Oct. 4) at Vernal Junior High school. The program will last several more weeks. The Jr. Jazz program will start play in January.

Four-week youth basketball clinics for 5-8 year olds that are having trouble grasping the game are slated from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15 at Vernal Junior High. Two sessions are offered on Wednesdays (5:30 or 6:30 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. or 10 a.m.). The fee is $15 per person.

The senior (Jr. Jazz) basketball league (grades: girls, 5th-12th; boys, 6th-12th) will begin play Jan.17 at Vernal Junior High and run for seven to ten weeks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.). Registration began Oct. 13 with fees at $25 per participant until Nov. 17 and $30 until Dec. 8. Registration deadline is Dec. 8.

Other teen activities are ski trips to various slopes (first one in late December) and indoor soccer at Vernal Junior High beginning January 11 on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Family activities have included a five-mile run in Dry Fork, Sept. 23 and scavenger hunt, Sept. 29. Future events are: Halloween Mayor Walk for those eight-years-old and younger, Oct. 31 (meet at Independence Park by the Vernal Pool at 4 p.m.). Breakfast With Santa will be held Dec. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Western Park.

Adult activities are: mens basketball (Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. started Oct. 2 at VJH), indoor soccer (Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings–started Oct. 12), volleyball 3 on 3, co-ed, womens; mens flag football (Wednesdays and Thursdays at Naples Park “started Sept. 26).

Various activities are also held at the swimming pool and golf course in the recreation program for all ages.

For additional information on activities call administration office at 781-0982 or fax 781-0986.

Walk-in registrations are taken at the office at 134 West Main Street, Suite 101, Vernal.

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