The elected officials also emphasized that the plans for the proposed community center would provide opportunities for sporting events, cultural events and children's activities at a low cost.
Stenquist insists the proposed recreation center would not be competing directly with businesses.
"We are very sensitive to our businesses and very supportive of our businesses," he said. "In fact, Cowabunga Bay benefited from taxpayer funds and we have supported them and have no intention to compete with them directly. We think that a city rec center fills a different niche."
Stenquist expressed concern that Salt Lake County has talked about building a recreation center in Draper, but no specific plans have been approved. For that reason, Draper wants to step in and build the facility now.
"We have no guarantees from the county that they will build a facility there (in 2016)," Stenquist said. "We were passed up for that in the last round and we don’t know if we will get that opportunity again."
If the bond passes June 26, then the recreation center would be open in the fall of 2013 in time for the new Draper Corner Canyon High School swim team to use the facility.
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