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Sports park moves forward

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

Pending final approval of construction plans and a favorable bid, Phase I of a multiple-phase Community Sports Park will begin construction this summer and will greatly alleviate the overwhelming demand for grass area to accommodate community sports and recreation.

Phase I would entail one multi-use playing field that is large enough to accommodate two soccer fields or softball/baseball fields as well as sufficient parking area. This initial building phase is part of a larger plan that would include five large multi-use fields, a centrally located playground, restroom facilities and picnic shelters.

A full report of the proposed community sports park and the environmental compatibility of the plan was presented at the Planning Commission meeting on April 11 to the public.

“All comments were very supportive, both from the public and interested agencies. Everyone realizes this project is being conducted in the most environmentally conscious way possible and that it will benefit the community as a whole,” said Town Planner Duane Hall.

The project site, located on the north side of the Tahoe-Truckee Airport on the north side of Joerger Drive is situated between the Highway 267 Bypass and Truckee Sanitary District offices.

Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District (TDRPD) first discussed the plan last summer in response to public demand for more field space.

“We have unanimous support from the planning commission and all agencies have commented and approved the plan. This is extremely advantageous to getting the first phase started,” said Kevin McCall, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for TDRPD.

The initial construction plan will go to the town building department as early as next week, where construction bids will be sought.


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