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Truckee rec center below budget, on schedule

Planning and construction for Truckee’s new Community Recreation Center are below budget and on schedule, with groundbreaking to take place as early as June 1.

Initial site work ” such as placement of underground utilities ” began last fall and will resume when the snow melts in May, said board Chairman Marshall Lewis of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District.

Bid packages for potential builders are being distributed now with the deadline for bids April 16. A contract could be awarded as early as May 1, said district General Manager Steve Randall.

With 23 contractors already taking out bid packages, the district is hoping to save some money, Lewis said.

“When you have more contractors bidding for a job, it works more in our favor as far as the cost of building,” Lewis said.

Randall said it was “almost unheard of to have that many bid contractors,” and that economic instability in the development market is working in the district’s favor as “contractors are looking to stay busy.”

Depending on Mother Nature, the first phase of construction will begin in June and is on schedule to be completed by November 2009, Randall said.

It will include a 22,204-square-foot double gymnasium with an elevated running track, an 18,000-square-foot community facility, classrooms, a kitchen and office space.

“We’re right on schedule and everything is working according to plan,” Lewis said. “We just can’t wait to unveil this to the community.”

Within the next few months, the district will start surveying the community to gauge interest in the proposed aquatic center and theater space that is part of second and third phase of the recreation center, Randall said.

The district has secured funding for the first phase by selling $30 million in bonds, but funding for the aquatic center remains undetermined, Randall said.

Plans for the use of the existing recreation center have yet to be decided, but a number of entities have expressed interest in the space, such as the Railyard developer and the library. The district has also considered using the facility for recreation classes or as a performing arts center, Lewis said.

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