No bond necessary for community center in Truckee |

No bond necessary for community center in Truckee

There are only a few months to go until the groundbreaking for a new community center in Truckee, and from the looks of things the project will get underway without a bond election. We met with our financial consultant, and he had refined numbers, and what came out of that is [the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District] can borrow about $22 million, in addition to the $6 million or $7 million that we can fund on our own, and that we will likely not have to go out for a bond election, said Peter Werbel.But Werbel, a Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District board member, also said the district is going to release one more community survey in January or February to determine whether a performing arts theater has remained a top priority.

If the answer is yes, then the district will shoot for a bond election in November 2007 to fund a community theater that will replace the originally scheduled natatorium for phase three of the project, Werbel said. Im definitely under the impression that the community would like to see a performing arts venue and that it would rather see that than a new recreation type of facility, said InnerRythms owner Elizabeth Archer, who is also on a regional steering committee that is working to develop a local arts commission. [Truckee Alliance for the Musical Arts] just had to close their doors because of a lack of a performance venue, and they made a loud and clear statement that we need to step up to the plate, Archer said.The performing arts center might be built on the same 14-acre plot as the community center, Lewis said, or its possible that it would be built closer to the downtown area if that option proves to make more sense.

If the community center groundbreaking kicks of as planned in May or June, and the November bond election is successful, then it is feasible that area residents could be using both the community center and the theater as early as 2009, Werbel said.Plans for phase one and two include a double gymnasium with elevated running track, administrative offices, community spaces, a fitness area, art room, game room, pre-school room and catering kitchen, according to the park district.The indoor sports complex is something that the community does not have at this point, and there is such a demand that the community is going to find it incredibly useful, chairman Marshall Lewis said. The indoor track will not only be useful for joggers and runners, but also for the seniors to get out and walk and be social.Board members and staff seem optimistic about the first three phases of the project getting underway without a hitch. But phase four is a whole other ball game.

Originally planned for phase three, the natatorium, or aquatics complex, will house a zero-entry pool designed specifically for toddlers and seniors, two lap pools, a recreation pool, water slides and a climbing wall.It will likely be the most expensive portion of the project, according to the district, but has been touted as the most crucial.Its definitely a ways away, but its the bottom line on this thing as far as Im concerned, said board chairman Marshall Lewis. The natatorium is a really important part of [the community center], and its not going to go away.

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