Letter to the Editor: TDRPD needs the restraint of Rich Valentine and Kristin York
October 26, 2010
Recently I met with Rich Valentine and Kristin York to get their thoughts on the open board seats for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District and their position on the proposed bond for an aquatic center. Their concern is that the current board is narrowly focused on sports facilities. Rich and Kristin maintain that the vision should be broader to include recreation opportunities for the entire community not just narrow interests which serve 10 percent to 15 percent of the total residents. All of this perfectly resonated with my fumbling observations at recent Rec and Park board meetings and workshops, where I was not able to see what was wrong with the picture.
The current board is moving rapidly toward a decision to build an Aquatic Center that is projected to lose $180,000 per year. What current programs will need to be cut to fund this aquatic center? Yes, the proposed bond is being expanded to add some trails and to outfit the performing arts center. These items were added to the proposed bond due to the low interest in the aquatic center and the high interest in trails and the performing arts center.
Rich Valentine and Kristin York want the district to take a broader look at what the community wants before committing to a bond issue that will limit future options. Iand#8217;m going to vote for Rich Valentine, and Kristin York. I hope you will also consider these candidates.