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Meeting scheduled to discuss mural for Truckee Veterans Hall

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The next phase in efforts to preserve the iconic Veterans Hall overlooking downtown Truckee is scheduled for next week.

A public meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the building at 10214 High St. will feature a brainstorming session on creating a mural in the hall, according to a press release from Friends of the Veterans Hall member and longtime resident Rolf Godon.

Attendees can discuss how Truckee’s history and veterans’ role at the site could be incorporated into the art project, Godon said, as well as how it could be funded.

“Visualize the sloping interior walls of the Veterans Hall emblazoned with a colorful streaming history of the Truckee area from 10,000 years ago to today,” Godon said. “Imagine bringing your children there to gaze upon and learn from this world class mural. Imagine community events being held here, surrounded by this enchanting educational art installation.”

Currently, the Veterans Hall is used for basketball, indoor soccer, Aikido, cribbage club and youth group ski rentals. However, limitations exist in the form of limited parking, a Nevada County deed restriction that stipulates the building must be used for recreation, and the building being located in a residential area.

As a result, Friends of the Veterans Hall formed last year to develop ideas to preserve the building, which has reportedly accrued an annual loss of about $20,000, along with a steady decline in usage since completion of the new recreation center in 2009.

“One of the first visions put forth by the community was the creation of a historic mural to cover the inside walls of the Vets Hall,” Godon said. “This idea was embraced by the Parks and Recreation board and staff, and over the past few months a foundational structure and organization has come together specifically to move the mural project along.”

For information on the meeting, contact Godon at 530-587-2557 or rgodon@pacbell.net.