Community center a pressing need in Truckee |

Community center a pressing need in Truckee

With the rapid rate of growth in Truckee, many in the community are looking to future development of open spaces as decisive factors in future quality of life.

For years, Truckee has yearned for a new community center to replace the former school used now. Plans for a new Sierra College campus (if Measure E is passed by voters on March 2) could provide an improved local meeting space, but a true, full-scale community center has to be part of the general plan equation.

Judging from input at the latest General Plan workshop, government and the community agree this is a priority. Now we have to ensure it is put in writing.

The “commercial triangle” downtown seems as good a space as any for construction of a community center. If the planning commission and town council see fit, that area could be designated “public,” opening the door, in terms of zoning, for construction of a center.

Unless a better alternative is floated, we encourage local officials to push for this designation. As Truckee continues to grow, a community center will benefit the townspeople by enhancing quality of life, and the town’s economy by providing another venue for public events.

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