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 Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (IRS Tax ID #68-0416404) to administer and manage this fund.
1) Visit the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation donation page. Click on "Show all funds" and then choose "Friends of the Park"
2) You can download the Friends of the Park brochure and fill out the donation form on the second page of the PDF. Make your check payable to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, (please note Friends of the Park on your check), PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.
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.
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.
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 barbecue for the cooks are just two examples.
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 rehabilitation - The tennis courts are in need of attention. At present, there are multiple cracks that need attention as well as an over-all surfacing program for protection from the elements in the off season. The area around the courts could be upgraded with attention to dust and debris control in order to keep courts clean and safe. With the rise of Pickleball a discussion regarding how that sport can be incorporated will need to be had. The District will be looking for input on the community when this project moves forward.
Synthetic Turf Field rehabilitation - The synthetic turf field has now been in place for more than 10 years and is in need of attention and rehabilitation in order to keep it in top quality condition. In addition, the use on the field has been expanded to include lacrosse since it was built and consideration needs to be made on how to best accommodate both sports. The area around the field also needs to be discussed and upgraded with attention to dust and debris control in order to keep field clean and safe.