JACKSON, Wyo. — Town and county elected officials will meet Monday to discuss, among other things, design and budget challenges Parks and Recreation is facing with its Recreation Center expansion plans.

Schematic plans have been started to take public feedback into account over the past several months, but those plans are going to require additional funds beyond the $22 million approved in the 2019 Special Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) election. Construction costs have risen by nearly 12% since 2019, according to a report for Parks and Recreation, and costs associated with building the climbing gym have increased.

At an open house in August, members public requested expansions to the health and fitness center, the lobby, and the climbing wall.

“One of the biggest challenges we are facing right now is the fiscal impacts of these requests and the dramatic increase in the past year or so to general construction costs and supply,” Steve Ashworth, Parks and Recreation department director, said in a press release. “Our goal is to finalize planning, design, and permitting by early March 2022 so that construction can begin in May of that year.”

Ashworth will present design ideas at Monday’s special Joint Information Meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4. A full agenda, including links to the Parks & Recreation schematic designs, is available online.

The JIM will be held virtually on Zoom. Access the meeting here. Public comment can also be submitted via email at commissioners@tetoncountywy.gov or electedofficials@jacksonwy.gov.


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Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.