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KidZone breaks ground: Children’s center plans to open by summer

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

The KidZone project broke ground Tuesday, moving children’s advocates one step closer to having an indoor play area and family resource center available to families in the Truckee community.

Planned to open this summer, the KidZone will be a 3,600-square foot tension structure located next to the teen activity center and will house an infant/toddler play area, a jungle gym structure and active play toys, a multi-use space for classes and parties, a free family resource center and the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum.

Children’s Collaborative of Tahoe-Truckee director Phebe Bell said the KidZone will support the growth of healthy children and families.

The project is a joint effort between the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, MWA Architects and the Truckee Family Connection. The sponsoring agency is the Children’s Collaborative.

“All of us have come together to do something meaningful for the children in our community,” Bell said. “It is truly the result of community vision and passion – translated through the work of many volunteers and partners.”

The structure, known as a tension structure, will have have a concrete base with a pitched roof, steel trusses and PVC-coated vinyl that stretches over the top. The estimated cost for the entire project is $350,000 with approximately $25,000 left to raise.

The concrete foundation will begin to be poured right away using a cold weather strategy.

“Our goal is to start working at this point,” Bell said. “We’re hoping to be done in June.”

Kim Bradley, TTUSD Coordinator of Community and Youth Development, has been organizing the family resource center that will be in the KidZone.

“It will bring together the different services in the Truckee community,” Bradley said. “Up until now there really hasn’t been a central location for people to come to find resources. We are hoping through this project to offer more outreach into the community in a fun place that’s family friendly.”

A big portion of the funding for the project came from the Nevada County Children and Families First Commission and the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation.

“Everybody needs to thank everybody,” said TDRPD General Manager Steve Randall at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for everybody working together.”

Materials, equipment and contractors will be needed to complete the project. For information on what is needed or to volunteer, contact David Vainwright at (530) 587-1860.


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