Truckee helping to plan newest pocket park |

Truckee helping to plan newest pocket park

Ryan Salm/Sierra Sun file photoThe Mountain Area Preservation Foundation is planning to restore a pocket park at the corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets in Truckee.

A new park may spring up in downtown Truckee next summer.

The Mountain Area Preservation Foundation is going to the Town of Truckee for help in renovating the aging improvements to a lot on the northeast corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets to create a pocket park for the public.

“That’s going to be the center of town some day,” said John Eaton, the foundation’s president.

After receiving $10,000 from the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation to plan the park, Eaton said the preservation group wants to partner with the town and other community groups to plan and rehabilitate the park.

“We want to see a whole bunch of people in town working together,” Eaton said.

First, the town council will decide whether or not to be involved in the planning process to determine the costs of construction and maintenance, said Alex Terrazas, assistant to the town manager.

Once those costs are calculated, Terrazas said the council will then weigh whether or not to fund the project, potentially with redevelopment agency funds, Terrazas said.

“It’s a great project to be a community project,” he said.

The small property was improved years ago with wooden benches and decking next to the stream, but the woodwork has grown dilapidated over the years, and overgrown by plants and weeds.

Eaton said he is hoping to have planning complete by spring, and work completed over next summer.

Better lighting, parking, and the addition of boulders that people could sit on, are all elements Eaton said he would like to include, along with restoration of the stretch of Trout Creek that runs along the property.

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