Friends of the Park

Mission

The Friends of the Parks mission is to create an ongoing source of financial support for a variety of project in the North Tahoe Regional Park, and other park facilities in our District identified in the Recreation and Parks Master Plan.

History

The Friends of the Park Fund was created through a partnership between the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Board of Directors working together to help raise additional funds for the unmet needs in the Recreation and Parks Department.

How to Donate

Your general gift will be invested in projects as prioritized by the Friends of the Park Advisory Board. Those donating at $500 or above may designate your donation to one or more specific projects that are outlined below. General donations will be put into the general fund and be distributed based on the highest priority as determined by the Friends of the Park Advisory Board, currently consisting of the Recreation and Parks Committee.

The District has partnered with the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation (IRS Tax ID #68-0416404) to administer and manage this fund.

You can download the Friends of the Park brochure and fill out the donation form on the back of the brochure. Or, you may call the Foundation at 530-587-1776 to use a credit card or you may make your check payable to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, (please note Friends of the Park on your check), PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.

Projects

The projects below were identified as the priorities for initial fundraising efforts. Their priority was determined by need as noted in the Recreation and Parks Master Plan. Download the Parks Master Plan.

The first successful campaign of the Friends of the Park Fund was to replace the playground equipment at the North Tahoe Regional Park which was done in 2011. Now, we turn the focus to rebuilding the fund and looking ahead to the next important project.

Identified Needs

Nature Trail restoration - There are a lot of trails running through the Regional Park and the adjacent Forest Service and County lands. It's hard to get completely lost because generally if you walk downhill and toward the sun you'll eventually hit Highway 28, but it can get confusing. So we need directional signage along our nature paths showing us the way, indicating level of difficulty and pointing out and describing local flora and fauna.

Par Course restoration - Did you know we had a par course? Do you know what it is? The Park par course consists of outdated wood exercise stations located along a dirt path. The course criss-crosses through the woods causing erosion concerns and the wooden exercise "equipment" is in need of replacement. Help us update and add new quality attractions for all ages who want to stay fit.

Upgrade Park Signage - Improve signage at National Ave. and North Lake Blvd, indicating park location and amenities. Wayfinding signage standards are being developed and new signs will point the way to our "best kept secret," The North Tahoe Regional Park.

Ramada restoration - The consultants who studied the District's facilities and authored the Recreation Master Plan recommend that we upgrade the Ramada to support concerts, performances, and events, thereby encouraging a broader use by residents and visitors alike. Electrical power updates to accommodate modern sound systems and easier access to the barbeque for the cooks are just two examples.

Build Track & Field Facility - Have you seen the new synthetic soccer field? If not, please go see it and see if you don't agree that, "It's fantastic! All it needs is a track around it." The plans are drawn, we know how to build it, and runners of all ages as well as the high school track and cross-country teams need it. All it takes is a good deal of money that we don't have.

Complete Ballfield 5 - We have a top-notch baseball field on the upper level of the park that is difficult to reach for those with accessibility issues. We want to improve the access to Ballfield 5 and for that matter at every one of the parks we own or operate and we need to make those improvements to comply with the ADA and California Title 24. The "almost pro" field also needs some drainage issues addressed and relocation of bleachers would make for a better view of the game. Some modern field lighting, so as not to disturb neighborhoods adjacent to the park, would extend our play time.

Kayak and Canoe Storage - Residents have indicated that the availability of storage for canoes and kayaks would promote greater use of our newest park at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. This addition would also reduce the number of vehicles moving through the facility, and promote the use of public transportation and bicycles for repetitive access. If you'd like to use a storage rack for your kayak or canoe, pitch in with others who could use them and make a joint donation.

Tennis Court enhancements - The tennis courts are busy and need attention in order to keep them in top quality condition. At present, there is a crack in one court that needs attention as well as an over-all surfacing program for protection from the elements in the off season being a necessity. The area around the courts certainly could be upgraded with attention to dust and debris control in order to keep courts clean and safe.

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