Truckee rec center gets the go-ahead |

Truckee rec center gets the go-ahead

Early groundwork is set to begin this summer for Truckee’s new Community Recreation Center.

After the town council gave the center its blessing on June 7, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District is now moving forward with biological surveys, timber felling, and grading to prepare the chosen site for the new facility.

Located on a 13.5-acre site between Donner Pass Road, Interstate 80, and Highway 89 north, the center’s first phases will include a double gymnasium, community facilities, baby-sitting and preschool facilities, and classrooms.

“The project got four to zero approval of the town, but construction for the entire project is not feasible this season. We will be working on the groundwork,” said District General Manager Steve Randall.

Randall said the recreation district wasted no time once the council made its decision, hiring a biologist the next day to survey the site for red foxes, and conduct a study as a condition of approval for birds, bats and raptors.

Once the assessment is completed, the district will have 14 to 30 days to fell trees as needed to accommodate the buildings, he said.

Starting late this construction season and again next spring, the first phase includes a 22,204-square-foot double gymnasium with an elevated running track, an 18,000-square-foot community facility, classrooms, a kitchen, and baby-sitting facilities, according to staff reports.

“We will start the earthwork and underground utilities this summer and fall, and begin actual building next spring,” Randall said.

The first phases are expected to be completed by the end of the 2008 building season.

Later phases may include a theater and an aquatics center, possibly starting in 2010, according to staff reports.

Randall said the district will issue community surveys on both additions to solicit public comment on what features residents want.

“The survey is to see what people’s priorities are and what people want out of the additions,” Randall said.

The board also discussed the creation of a model of the new center to show interested parties what the new center will look like.

Randall said such a model would likely cost $8,000, or $10,000 with interior features.

Board Chairman Marshall Lewis said he thought the model could wait until more design elements were defined, and as the board gets closer to proposing a bond measure.

Janet Brady suggested large posters illustrating the proposed community center in the meantime to show at the existing center, and at events like Fourth of July on Donner Lake.

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