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Indoor Recreation for Dirty Air Days

By January 8, 2013

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Today is another "red air day" in Salt Lake County, with a temperature inversion trapping pollutants in the Salt Lake Valley. On "red" days, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality advises residents to avoid exercising outdoors. This is especially important for children, the elderly, and people with asthma.

Even when outdoor exertion is hazardous, it's still important to get some exercise, so now is a good time to visit one of Salt Lake County's indoor recreation centers. Salt Lake County operates 21 recreation centers around the valley, and they are inexpensive to visit, with a day pass usually costing $2-$3 per person. Facilities and programs vary by location. Some of the most common facilities are indoor pools, gyms, fitness centers, child care centers, lessons such as dance and karate, and sports leagues for children and adults. Here are just a few examples of programs available now at county recreation centers:

  • Acord Ice Center, 5353 W. 3100 S. in West Valley City, 801-966-0223, offers public indoor ice skating Monday-Friday afternoons, plus Tuesday and Saturday evenings. Cost is $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 6-18, $.50 for children ages five and under. Skate rental $1.50.
  • Copperview Recreation Center, 8446 S. Harrison St. (300 W.) in Midvale, 801-559-1500, is accepting registrations for Junior Jazz basketball and indoor soccer.
  • Dimple Dell Recreation Center, 10670 S. 1000 E. in Sandy, 801-495-1480, offers indoor swimming daily; check website for hours
  • Holladay Lions Recreation Center, 1661 East Murray-Holladay Rd., 385 468-1700, is offering kung fu classes and swimming lessons this month. Cost is between $18 and $40.

SLC Air Quality Alerts

Temperature Inversions Explained

SLC Swimming Pools (includes indoor pools)

Photo: Sorenson Pool in Herriman, courtesy Salt Lake County Recreation

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