Skatepark / Pumptrack
Jacob Hamblin Recreational Facility – Great Place to Linger
By Dixie Brunner
You’ve spent the day with the family touring beautiful southern Utah; a long, long day … shut up in the vehicle together!
Let’s face it – the whole family could use a little space, fresh air and recreation!
Kanab City’s Jacob Hamblin Recreational Facility, 100 East 500 North, is truly a top notch park, and a great place to unwind after a busy day on vacation.
The large recreational space is located directly below Kanab’s signature towering red rocks, on the north central border of the community. Immediately south of the red hills are four improved baseball fields.
The attractive Jacob Hamblin Park features plenty of trees and green lawn, with a large playground, splash pad, and picnic area with grills available. There is a large, modern public swimming pool that offers slides and even a small lazy river to cool off in the summertime.
That brings us to what’s new at the park! There are new tennis/pickleball courts to the north of the Kanab City Library, with a new six hoop basketball court immediately north of that.
Continue northbound on that same road and you see a new, strange-looking structure. It features mounds of dirt covered with an asphalt track going up and down, over said mounds in a circle. The structure is called a pump track, and is used to condition and prepare mountain bike riders for the steep nearby terrains. (Mountain biking has had a dramatic increase in participation in southern Utah.)
A large skate track is within the pump track. It features numerous jumps, curves and rails, all features for the popular activity of either roller or board skating.
Coming soon to the Jacob Hamblin Recreational Facility will be a park expansion, along with a covered structure in an amphitheater setting, with green, landscaped sloping areas for seating surrounding a stage. The shaded structure will be powered with solar panels.
“The park is a great place for families and kids to play and recreate,” said Kanab resident Cheryl Brown. “We hope visitors will come and enjoy this beautiful facility.”