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Tahoe Donner rec. center expansion underway

Scott Hess

Hopes for an expanded recreation center at are about to be realized for Tahoe Donner residents.

Ground was broken last Friday for the expansion in of the Trout Creek Recreation Center.

According to Tahoe Donner Board Secretary Jim Mccann, this is the first project under the Tahoe Donner Master Plan vote to see construction. Tahoe Donner residents were asked to vote on four issues: acquisition of land in the Eur Valley, expansion of the Trout Creek Rec. Center, reconstruction of the golf clubhouse (into the Lodge at Tahoe Donner) and renovation of the golf course.

The golf course renovation project was the only one turned down by the residents and the acquisition of land was the most popular. According to the Tahoe Donner Web site, 56.2 percent of the residents voted in favor of the recreation center expansion.

McCann said that the recreation center is the “center of where activities are” in Tahoe Donner, and the expansion will double the exercise capacity. Also, he said it will bring programs – like exercise classes that have been held at the Northwoods clubhouse – to a central location for the Tahoe Donner residents.

Although he is excited about the project, he said described it as modest. “We don’t want to be Lahontan. We’re going for more middle of the road,” McCann said. “I want a community that’s active,” he said.

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Among the additions will be two large exercise rooms, an administrative office, a staff break room, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a day camp/recreation room for children. The expanded area of the recreation center will be connected to the current one with a heated bridge.

“It looks like it’s going to be nice and big,” said Sean McGeer, 10, whose parents own a second home in Tahoe Donner. “There’s lots of stuff for lots of different people.”

His mother, Karen, added, “It’s nice to see this moving ahead.”

Cesar Lopez, who handles communications at Tahoe Donner, said homeowners trying to conserve what they can while expanding the project. He said the project will necessitate the removal of 30-32 trees, but any trees they remove will be replaced with new ones planted elsewhere.

Tahoe Donner General Manager Darren Shaw said the expanded center should be finished by Memorial Day 2004 and the total construction cost will be approximately $2.39 million.

For more information and plan renderings of the Trout Creek Recreation Center expansion and other Tahoe Donner Master Plan projects, visit http://www.tahoedonner.com and click on “Property Owner Info.”