Rec and park district gets community center site | SierraSun.com

Rec and park district gets community center site

The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District has landed 14 acres for free that it plans to use as the site for a 50,000-square-foot community center within the next couple of years. The triangle-shaped property – bounded by Interstate 80, highway 89 north and Donner Pass Road – was donated by East West Partners for a community use during the approval of Gray’s Crossing development. It was awarded to the recreation and park district at Thursday’s town council meeting after months of community input and study of the site.The district now holds the property under a lease, which allows officials to pursue a $500,000 state grant for the new community center. But the district will hold title to the land once the property is designated as a separate town parcel.

The Truckee Donner district was recently recognized as the best recreation and park district in the state, and has secured approximately $10 million in grants for different projects over the last 10 years, said Steve Randall, general manager of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District.”We have a pretty good track record on our grants,” said Randall. “What that means is we do the projects and we finish them on time.”The $500,000, which if awarded would go toward construction of the community center, is available only to rural communities, giving the district a better chance of receiving it.

That money could be added to the $4 million already in the district’s bank account that will go toward the project.The new facility is slated to accommodate a gymnasium, performing arts location, aquatic center, meeting and classroom space and offices. It is projected to cost about $15 million, Randall said. A consultant hired by the district is currently working on plans and designs for the center. “We’re really excited about getting the land,” said Randall. “It’s a $2.5 million to $3 million piece of land.”

The district plans to put a bond measure on the ballot in November of 2005 to raise the additional money that will be needed for construction.The current community center, which has become too small for the growing Truckee community, would likely house the Truckee branch of the Nevada County Library when it is vacated by the district. Other district facilities, such as the teen center near the KidZone, would also be donated for a community use if they are no longer needed, said Randall.The district has five years to begin construction on a community center for the site, according to the Gray’s Crossing development agreement. If it fails to do so, the location will revert to town ownership to be used for another purpose that benefits the community.