Teenagers are infamous for saying there is nothing to do. To which parents often reply: “There is plenty to do.” In Tooele County, more specifically Tooele Valley, this is unfortunately not the case. Teens are bored here. Other than the bowling alley, Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC), Pratt Aquatic Center, and Deseret Peak Complex, there are no attractions that appeal to teens. Some are bored enough that they consider a trip to Walmart or Macey’s a fun time.
I understand that Tooele County does have a vast amount of outdoor space that people can go and enjoy. Realistically, people are not going to spend all their time in the outdoors, especially during winter. This boredom needs to end. The people of Tooele County need a place for people to come and have healthy, wholesome, and fun experiences.
We need a recreation center. They are prevalent throughout the U.S. Every city in Salt Lake Valley provides recreation centers for its citizens to come and participate in healthy physical activities. Why can’t Tooele County? A recreation center would provide people from everywhere a place to come and participate in activities such as ice skating, basketball, weight lifting, racquetball, Zumba, swimming, running, biking, etc.
There are private businesses in Tooele that provide some of these activities, but none of them offer it all under one roof. I have lived in Tooele Valley my entire life. I have heard over and over from friends and family that Tooele needs a recreation center. Still, nothing has happened to progress us toward that goal. I believe it is about time we do something about it. Yes, it means that taxes are going to need to be raised to fund this project, but isn’t it worth it? If not for you, do it for the kids.
Times are different now and kids, now more than ever, need places to go to have fun while exercising. Having a recreation center would be a huge win for the citizens of Tooele and Tooele County. Having a recreation center would also attract more people and businesses to this great place we call home. So, the next time a recreation center appears on the ballot, please vote yes.