New activity center opens to the public today |

New activity center opens to the public today

After nearly two years of work, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District’s Activity Center is opening today.

The 3,000-square-foot center, located next to Surprise Stadium and Tahoe-Truckee High School, is open to the public but is targeted mainly at sixth- through 12th-graders as an after-school hangout. There are specific times certain age groups may use the facility.

According to the center’s mission statement, the facility seeks to foster “an environment that allows for the development of self-esteem, confidence, decision making and problem solving skills.”

That, plus it’s a heck of a lot of fun, as well.

Amenities in the building – which was privately donated and moved from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe – include pool tables, video game machines, stereos, a big-screen TV, foosball, air hockey and free Internet access on a dozen Pentium III-based computers.

The only activities with a cost will be vending machines and the video game machines. Everything else will be provided free of charge, TDRPD’s Chuck Halliday said.

The building has a ground source heat pump and solar panels, which are expected to reduce power costs by 75 percent, Halliday said.

Special events include pizza and taco nights and cool down gatherings after games.

A teen council will be chosen from applications to help coordinate programs including dances, after-school tutoring and entrepreneurial programs.

While the center is aimed at teens, it will be open to the public during certain hours, during which time people can use the computers and other facilities.

The center opens officially at 2:30 p.m. today with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited.

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