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Truckee aquatics center: Directors OK warm-water pool

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Weeks of fundraising by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for a warm-water pool at the Truckee aquatic center have paid off.

“It’s truly incredible,” said Amanda Oberacker, aquatic coordinator for TDRPD. “It’s so awesome people came together. People really wanted the facility, and we can give it to them.”

With funding in place, the TDRPD board OK’d the pool and construction of a party room in a 4-0 vote during a special meeting Tuesday.

Director Kristin York was absent.

“ … The exploration of strategic partnerships, coupled with tremendous community giving, got us to the point of getting the entire project awarded for construction,” Kevin Murphy, board vice chair, said in a statement.

The district had to raise $250,000 by May 5 to help cover the roughly $1 million expense, with matching funds provided by Truckee Tahoe Airport District and the KaWyHa Fund.

By the end of Tuesday, even though the district raised $280,258, it still had a nearly $20,000 shortfall due to change orders and facility upgrades, Oberacker said.

The district will cover the difference either through additional fundraising — with those dollars not being matched — or district reserves, she said.

The pool will feature a water temperature of 90 degrees, a beach-like entry, two lap lanes, a current channel and spray features. It will serve those learning to swim, physical therapy and senior fitness.

“We all live here for one fashion of recreation or another, so the success of this project demonstrates where the heart of our community lies — with each other and our health,” Murphy said.

The aquatic center, which will also include a 10-lane competition pool, broke ground last month next to the Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road.

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

The new aquatic center will replace the aging Truckee-Donner Community Swimming Pool located behind Truckee High School.

Upon the opening of the center, the old pool will be closed, Oberacker said. The district’s vision is to convert the old pool into an indoor turf field when funding becomes available.