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Truckee turns to crowdfunding to fill $250,000 pool gap (with video)

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Officials have launched a crowdfunding effort to install a warm-water pool during upcoming Truckee aquatic center construction.

The Indiegogo campaign has a fundraising goal of $250,000 by May 5. As of Tuesday morning $32,700 (13 percent) of the goal had been met.

"We want community members to feel ownership in the aquatic center, to know their donation made a difference and brought the aquatic center to its completed form," said Amanda Oberacker, aquatic coordinator for the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District.

The district has secured roughly $6.7 million, which covers construction of the center with a 10-lane competition pool by Reno-based Building Solutions, Inc.

Earlier project plans, however, included a warm water pool and a party room, costing an additional $1 million.

In late February, the Truckee Tahoe Airport District approved $525,000 in matching funds toward those amenities, on the basis TDRPD raise the difference.

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In addition, the KaWyHa Fund, a donor-advised fund at Fidelity Charitable, has committed to doubling any private donations made, Oberacker said.

Beyond donations, the district is exploring other funding options such as grants and service organizations, she said.

The pool would have a water temperature of 90 degrees, a beach-like entry, two lap lanes, a current channel, spray features and possibly a slide, Oberacker said.

The warm-water pool would serve those learning to swim and senior fitness, while the competition pool will serve competitive aquatics, lap swimming, diving and other activities, said Dan Kates, president of the Truckee Aquatic Coalition.

"The two bodies of water really complement each other," he said. "In this era, facilities are rarely built with a single body of water."

If the money can't be raised, an indoor turf field will be put in place of a warm water pool. Future pool installation would depend on funding and project cost.

Center construction is anticipated to start in mid-April next to the Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road, taking nine months to a year to complete.

How to Donate

Click here to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign.

• Write a check to Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District and mail to 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161.

Note: Since TDRPD has a nonprofit status, donations will be tax deductible.