Tahoe Truckee community report: Creating community through people, parks and programs
Special to the Sun
To create something, you typically think of an architect designing a high rise or an artist painting a picture. In general terms to create something is to bring anything into being or to cause. A community can be a physical location or a sense of belonging, ownership and common purpose that develops among people who live or work together as a social unit. Together, creating community emphasizes the active role parks and recreation has in nurturing Tahoe City, your neighborhood, your family and your business. Ninety-nine percent of California mayors believe that parks and recreation strengthen the community image and creates a sense of place (DPR, 2002). The challenge of creating and sustaining our community becomes ever increasing with the constant change in demographics, the local economy and the changes in our school system.
People at Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Rideout Community Center or Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village or Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District make connections with customers to improve their lives and meet their needs. It is the one-on-one contact that reduces the stress and isolation of working adults, and inspires youth to become productive community members. It’s through parks and recreation professionals that help solve community problems and#8212; from preventing quagga mussels entering the Lake to building bike trails and#8212; we are the community connection.
Programs can be recreation activities or any service or structure that is designed to produce an outcome or benefit. Our recreation programs bring neighbors together and encourage safer, cleaner neighborhoods and create a livelier atmosphere. For example, in order to bring families and neighbors together, we are holding our First Annual Souper Showdown (soup cook off) on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Rideout Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Both tasters ($2) and cookers ($20) are welcome and we’ll be passing out awards to the winning entries. Plus, at the conclusion of the soup event we’ll be holding our first of four Family Movie Nights showing and#8220;Mr. Troop Momand#8221; rated G with George Lopez, a hilarious comedy for the entire family. Families that recreate together tend to be closer and more cohesive, and have a greater chance of staying together. We have a number of other programs that promote these ideals; Concerts on the Beach, Movies in the Park, Farmers Market at Commons Beach, the Easter Egg Hunt, Bike Derby and Harvest Festival. The parks and recreation opportunities we offer are essential to strengthening and maintaining a healthy community. Those who have participated recognize the positive impacts that are evident throughout Tahoe City.
For more information on the programs and services contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (530) 583-3440 ext. 10, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City or visit http://www.tahoecitypud.com and check out what we’re doing to enhance our community.