I attended a ballroom dance class last week offered at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District (TDRPD). On my way out of the center, I noticed a multitude of fliers announcing classes and activities available to everyone in the community - and at very reasonable fees. It was then that it became clear to me the importance of the TDRPD bond proposition "Measure J" and the positive impact it will have on economic development, tourism, quality of life and continued safety concerns for our children here in Truckee.
As a health care professional of more than 25 years, every day I see the need from young children to senior citizens, for a quality performing arts center that offers our community music, dance and cultural events in support of our mental health and creativity.
And, an indoor swimming pool offers our community a year round recreation facility at an affordable cost. The American Arthritis and National Obesity Foundation's suggest that pool therapy is one of the best exercises for adults with arthritis and over weight individuals.
Just look at the element of "Safety" for our children of having an indoor swimming pool. We have a lot of lakes and rivers in the Tahoe Basin. I highly recommend that all elementary age school children be taught how to swim in our new indoor pool. We must have a facility in Truckee to teach our children how to swim. This alone will dramatically reduce the risks to our kids as they begin exploring our lakes and rivers.
At an average homeowner cost of $21 per year, Measure J is easy to embrace. Moreover, it pays enormous dividends by lowering health care costs, increasing our property values and richly adding to the quality of life we enjoy in Truckee.
Dr. Daniel S. Smith, D.C.
President, Genesa Living Foundation