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Donner museum plans to be presented to town

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

State officials will present the Truckee Town Council with their plans for a new Donner Memorial State Park museum on Thursday.

The museum plans have been drastically revised after initial plans drew an avalanche of public criticism and town government opposition. The new museum is now planned on five acres alongside Donner Pass Road, rather than near the eastern shore of Donner Lake.

It will use the existing entrance to the state park, and use some of the parking lot for the current museum, according to state parks officials.

Truckee Town Councilwoman Beth Ingalls said she is pleased with the state park’s willingness to revise the plans and work with the town.

“I am just really pleased that the proposal is looking good,” Ingalls said. “It seems like they are doing a complete about-face.”

Councilwoman Barbara Green also said she was glad that the old plans were scrapped in favor of a proposal that took into account Truckee’s concerns.

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“We’re very grateful to state parks for being such a bright light in terms of paying attention to local government,” Green said.

While Thursday’s meeting will be a informational presentation, residents near the museum and users of the park can learn more about the new plans and comment on the proposal on Dec. 8 at an open house that will be held at the current museum.

The Dec. 8 meeting will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m., at the Emigrant Trail Museum. Information stations will be set up with materials available to take away. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m.