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Kahle Park to officially open

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Douglas County will be showing off Phase 2 of its Kahle Community Park Saturday.

The park’s addition opened its doors a month ago, however county officials decided an October ribbon cutting and dedication would be more festive for the fall.

Scott Morgan, director of Parks and Maintenance, said the county sent out 200 personalized invitations and is inviting Douglas and El Dorado county residents to come out for the festivities.



“Everything looks great,” Morgan said. “We’re ready to show it off.”

The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will run from 10 to 10:30 a.m.




Tours of the facility and a gymnastics presentation will also be given.

The $2.1 million Phase 2 boasts a gymnasium, weight training room, indoor running track, kids room with gerbil tubes, locker rooms and a complete set of gymnastics apparatus.

Recreation Coordinator Vicki Schussel said Phase 2 has been very popular since its opening.

Schussel said the park has seen an increase in after-school activity with 30 to 40 kids shooting baskets every afternoon.

Cardio dance, spinning and kickboxing classes were added to the aerobics schedule that started Oct. 1, which Schussel said has been a big draw for families. She said parents really like to be able to work out while their children play at the facility.

“It’s not just a drop-off center,” she said. “The whole family can utilize the whole facility.”

Morgan said Saturday will also be geared to people of all ages.

Zoopy the clown, Mark Crowe the magician and an inflatable super jump will be on site to entertain the kids, and parents can try out all the gym’s attractions for free.

“Our whole facility was built to emphasize use by the whole family,” Morgan said.

Schussel said the county’s goal with Saturday’s event is to educate and receive input from the public.

“We’re excited to hear what everybody wants to use this facility for,” Schussel said. “I think everybody will be excited about what they see.”

Phase 2 opened just five years after the department completed the first building at the park, which Morgan said was remodeled to include a large dance studio with cushioned and mirrored walls. A swimming pool is included in Phase 3 of the master plan but will not come to fruition for quite a while, according to park officials.

Douglas County is hosting tours of Phase 2 of Kahle Community Park along with entertainment and food.

Annual passes will be on sale for $159 for Douglas County residents and $259 for non-residents, with a bonus of one month free.

What: Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of Kahle Community Park

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kahle Community Park, Stateline


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