PARK CITY, UTAH — Construction is underway for the National Ability Center’s (NAC) $6.5 million McGrath Family Mountain Center at Park City Mountain, a Vail Resort, located in Park City, Utah.
The center went through years of planning, preconstruction and design. A groundbreaking celebration was recently held at the construction site.
Construction on the McGrath Family Mountain Center is anticipated to be complete by summer 2023. Exact timing will be subject to city approvals, states a release.
As a non-profit organization, the center provides adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures to individuals and families of differing abilities, including military veterans.
The two-storey family facility, located slopeside at the base of Park City Mountain, will be 9,400 square-feet, and will be home base for the organization’s ski and snowboard programs and will provide:
- the ability to serve significantly more people with disabilities in NAC’s ski and snowboard programs;
- adequate indoor space to properly fit participants in mono and bi-skis. Once fitted, participants will slide on an artificial surface directly to the snow;
- storage space for specialized adaptive ski equipment;
- locker rooms for instructors as well as separate locker rooms for adaptive competitive athletes;
- a reception area, instructor kitchen, office, uniform storage room with laundry facilities, specialized sensory room for calming and multi-purpose rooms for training and education; and
- restroom facilities onsite for NAC participants and their families.
“We are excited that after four years of working with the National Ability Center, Architectural Nexus, Vail Resorts and Park City Mountain this project is coming to fruition,” said Michael Kerby, Big-D Signature president, in a statement. “The ‘temporary’ mountain center put in place over 20 years ago is long overdue for replacement. This new facility will positively impact the adaptive community both logistically and operationally.”