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Tahoe Forest Hospital board denies financing warm water pool (updated)

Margaret Moran
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District will need to look beyond the hospital to close a funding gap for a warm-water pool at the Truckee aquatic center.

In a 3-1 vote Tuesday evening, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District board of directors denied donating up to $130,000 toward the pool.

“It really isn’t the money,” said director Charles Zipkin. “It’s all of these other issues. It’s the taxes, it’s the slippery slope, the fact that our employees are 100 percent against it. I would like to see philanthropy step up.”

Board chair Karen Sessler voted in favor.

“I’ve got to come at this decision from an aspect of what’s going to help the health of the community and look at it from a positive partnership standpoint,” she said.

Director John Mohun recused himself from the vote and discussion, citing a conflict of interest.

TDRPD has until May 5 to raise the remaining funds for the warm water pool that would feature a water temperature of 90 degrees, a beach-like entry, two lap lanes, a current channel and spray features.

“We’re still moving forward,” said Amanda Oberacker, aquatic coordinator for TDRPD, shortly after the board vote. “It’s disappointing, but it’s water under the bridge at this point, and we have to keep going.

“We have to keep asking community members. Hopefully, there’s people who haven’t donated yet that still want to.”

At this point, the district is relying heavily on individual donations to fill the funding gap, she said.

As of late Wednesday, $94,000 had been raised by 139 donors through the project’s online crowdfunding campaign, 28 percent of its $250,000 goal.

“There’s something about this place. People rise to the occasion, and I think we’re going to rise to the occasion here,” said Dan Kates, president of the Truckee Aquatic Coalition

The $6.71 million aquatic center, which will include a 10-lane competition pool, broke ground April 21 next to the Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road.

Construction is anticipated nine months to a year to complete, according to past reports.

In the event the nearly $1 million needed to construct the warm-water pool can’t be raised, an indoor turf field will be put in its place.


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