Mammoth Town Council Approves Community Rec Center

Mammoth Town Council approved the contract for the Community Recreation Center last week with a 3-2 vote, ending a seven year process to put a roof over an ice rink.

The contract for just under $9 million goes to Hamel Construction. The Town will purchase the sprung structure and related equipment and costs for a mobility hub at the site bringing the total cost of the project to $14,831,040.

Councilmembers Kirk Stapp and Sara Rea were the nay votes, based on the cost and the facility itself, respectively.

Hamel will start the project this spring with the official opening of the facility anticipated to be spring/summer of 2022.

The concept of a rec center started at a different location and at a much higher cost. Councilmember Stapp and Chair Bill Sauser disagreed with the “seven year” reference. Both acknowledged the idea of a recreation center goes back decades.

The finished CRC is a functioning ice rink with the bare necessities. Gone is the second floor and other amenities. But, Public Works’ Haislip Hayes explained the structure will be built with the capacity to add the second floor, office areas and concessions in the future. Stu Brown, parks and rec director, followed up with an outline of future, year-round programming for the facility.

The majority of the funding for the Center comes from Measure R reserves and bonds and Measure U Reserves. Town Manager Dan Holler said $1.5 million would be borrowed from the Mammoth Art Center reserves, but paid back by the time that project is build-ready.

Supporters of the MAC were not happy. Councilmember John Wentworth addressed that issue. “The MAC is going through the same process we’ve gone through,” he said. “This is not an either/or decision.”

While the Center doesn’t live up to the original concept, Councilmember Lynda Salcido said “We will get there. With this project, the kids win. They have a place to be.”


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4 Responses to Mammoth Town Council Approves Community Rec Center

  1. Stewart Benford February 26, 2021 at 12:07 pm #

    What about employee housing?? I thought maybe the town would prioritize what’s most important to the actual success of the town. Terrible idea, GO KINGS!!

    • Tinner February 26, 2021 at 6:44 pm #

      Stewart, good point!
      I’ll add Wildlife Officer (Steve Searles), Animal Control Officer to address the increasing dog poop all over the town, additional Police officers to control the ever increasing traffic and patrol parking lots like Vons that seems to resemble a KOA campground at times and other popular car camping spots.
      GO KINGS!!!

  2. Tinner February 25, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

    I mostly favor this project, the pros far outweigh the cons but the Town is buying the parts and the builder is doing the work? That rarely turns out well.
    The press release didn’t mention road improvements, currently when exiting Mammoth Creek Park and turning left onto Old Mammoth Road can be a quite sketchy due to the curvature of the road and the rate of speed that traffic coming from the south is traveling.

  3. Mile High Mania February 25, 2021 at 5:55 am #

    Wow….That’s one expensive Circus Tent. Remember the last time the
    The Town bought a Tent ?
    Look out tax payers and TOT mules.


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