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Pocket park planned in Truckee

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Ryan Salm/Sierra SunThe vacant lot on the corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets in downtown Truckee will be renovated by the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, working with a grant from the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. The plan calls for the restoration of Trout Creek.
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Plans for a pocket park in downtown Truckee are moving ahead, after a conservation group came up with the funds to restore the urban oasis.

The proposed park would be located on the north-east corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets in the downtown area. Work on the vacant site would include both a cleanup of the park and a restoration of the portion of Trout Creek that passes through the property.

Phebe Bell, program officer for the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, said the vacant lot had been a park in the past but had deteriorated over the years.

“The town looked at the site for paved parking, but the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation stepped in to preserve it,” Bell said. “They are working with the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, the town, and the Truckee River Watershed Council.”

Executive Director Lisa Wallace of the Truckee River Watershed Council said the park would be a starting point for the rehabilitation of Trout Creek.

“Overall the conditions in the section from the park to the Truckee River are poor to mediocre, which is why we are doing the restoration,” Wallace said.

She said the council would work to improve the riparian habitat of the site through grading and the addition of native plants.

“This is a multi-year project to restore the creek; right now we are in the planning and design phase,” Wallace said. “The town has received partial funding for restoration, so we might be able to start work in 2008, but definitely in 2009.”

Bell said the foundation recently awarded the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation $10,000 to begin the project’s planning and design phase, the money coming from the foundation’s $65,000 civic engagement fund.

“We funded this project because of the collaborative efforts between groups, and because of how a public gathering area improves a community,” Bell said.

She said the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation will need another $10,000 or so to complete the planning process, something the town could potentially take care of.

David Griffith, Truckee Redevelopment and Housing Coordinator, said the project could come online in conjunction with 17 multi-family condominiums planned on Jibboom Street next to the proposed park.

“We think it’s a good idea; it would be good to coordinate with the condo proposal,” Griffith said. “Redevelopment would be willing to consider some additional funding for the park as well.”