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Kahle Phase II OK’d; groundbreaking to begin

Sarah Gonser

With the requisite approvals and permits in the bag, construction on Kahle Community Park is raring to go.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Thursday approved a bid by Marv McQuery Excavation Inc. – in the amount of $58,475 – to build the cement slab foundations for the Kahle Park Phase II project.

That means, weather permitting, the first bulldozer can begin tearing up the earth come May 1, the beginning of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency-mandated construction season.

Ground was originally broken for the 14,000-square-foot project in 1998, but further construction was delayed due to funding problems. Those uncertainties were eliminated through the recent sale of bonds and additionally pledged revenues from the Room Tax Fund. Today, Phase II is the closest it’s ever been to becoming a reality.

“There will have to be some grading and leveling work done at the proposed site first,” said Don Miner, District 4 county commissioner. “Once that gets done they can begin construction on the building pads. It’s got to get done this summer so they can begin the above-ground work during the winter.”

The $2.2 million project, scheduled for completion by fall 2000, includes a full-size basketball court and two regulation volleyball courts, an elevated indoor jogging track, an improved weight room and cardiovascular workout area, a climbing wall, a children’s playroom, additional parking, meeting rooms and an outdoor restroom.

“We’re still within our budget, but it’s a big unknown as far as bidding for construction is concerned,” said Scott Morgan, Douglas County Parks and Recreation director. “We’re trying to pull together everything we can to get this project going.”

TRPA conditionally approved project plans last month.

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