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Play ball! Community sports fields planned

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

Thanks to a generous land donation from the Truckee Sanitary Department and the planning of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District (TDRPD), community sports enthusiasts may very well be seeing green this spring.

A plan to build additional sports fields just west of the sanitation department’s headquarters by the Highway 267 bypass will be proposed to the town Planning Commission as early as March and could provide much needed grass facilities for community sports and recreation.

The Community Sports Park has been drafted to be built in phases, with the first phase reaching completion in time for spring and summer league games. Phase I would entail one multi-use playing field that is large enough to accommodate two soccer fields or softball/baseball use as well as sufficient parking for the new area. The projected final plan for the area would include five large multi-use fields, a centrally located playground, restroom facilities and picnic shelters.

“We’re very excited about beginning the first phase of this project this spring,” said TDRPD board member Kevin McCall. The site of the new park would facilitate the spacial needs of the community without posing an inconvenience to area residents.

“The remote nature of the site will reduce traffic problems and will not interrupt neighboring communities,” said McCall. The closest neighborhood to the proposed park is Ponderosa Pines, which is separated from the site by the highway.

The park plan is also consistent with the airport master plan and will not include lighted fields in keeping with land use ordinances.

TDRPD first discussed this plan last summer in reaction to immense public demand and the need for more field space. Phase I implementation would provide extra space for hundreds of games in a season and would also allow for rejuvenation efforts on other area fields.

With increased grass available, more fields would be able to lay dormant, translating to healthier fields. Currently, the demand for space is so great that existing fields are in constant use and the field quality has suffered greatly.

“The park proposal, designed by local architectural group Ward-Young, poses innumerable benefits to the community and will most likely not be met with conflict along its path to approval,” said TDRPD General Manager Steve Randall.

This park would be the first step in an overall network of facilities and would be connected to the existing park by the future legacy trail.

“We are anticipating no problems,” McCall said of the multiple district collaboration plan.

Projected costs for the entire project are $4.5 million, with the first phase estimated to cost $600,000. Funds are in place for the first building phase and contributions are being sought by TDRPD.


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