Kahle’s Phase 2 on schedule
The basketball goals are up, the jogging track is down and the maple gymnasium floor is being laid. Construction on Phase 2 of Kahle Community Park is well under way and slated to open the first week of September.
The $2.1 million project includes two buildings – a concession stand with rest rooms, and a gymnasium with an indoor running track, children’s playroom, locker rooms with showers, and weight room.
“We’re really excited (about Phase 2),” said Vicki Schussel, who has worked for the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department for 21 years. “It’s long overdue.”
County Recreation Superintendent Brian Fitzgerald said the building was designed to provide fitness opportunities for parents, while their children are entertained in the play land.
Kelly Ferris, a Zephyr Heights resident who has been exercising at Kahle for seven years, said she is very excited about being able to lift weights while her children play just feet away.
“I feel like my kids are safe there,” Ferris said. “I wouldn’t know what life would be like without (Kahle park). I’m very grateful for Phase 2 and hopeful that we’ll get a pool soon.”
Kahle Recreation Leader Anthony Davis said the addition of youth gymnastics and basketball programs will provide a significant number of new opportunities for children.
Davis, who has worked at Kahle for five years, said high school track-and-field athletes will now be able to train for their spring season during the winter, and track officials can be trained before the season starts.
“(Phase 2) is going to be a tremendous help for both Whittell and South Lake Tahoe high school kids. It will give them a chance to critique their skills earlier than they have been able to in the past,” Davis said. “I’m hoping in the future, (Phase 2) will rejuvenate enthusiasm about track and field itself.”
Davis said the gymnasium in the new center will also serve to unify Nevada and California teens by offering dances and open gyms.
“It’s going to bridge that gap a little bit more,” he said.
Phase 2 is coming just five years after the department completed the first building at the park, which Fitzgerald said will be remodeled to include a large dance studio with cushioned and mirrored walls once the second phase is operational.
A swimming pool is included in Phase 3 of the master plan but will not come to fruition for quite awhile, according to Fitzgerald.
“Phase 3 is really tied to funding,” he said. “It would take a lot of donations or someone who would really want to make a significant contribution.”
Fitzgerald said the department will be giving public tours of Phase 2 at the end of August.
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Breakout Box #1:
Kahle Community Park will begin selling passes for the Phase 2 facility at the beginning of September.
Kids 9 and under get in free.
Youth 10-17 Adult residents* Adult non-residents Senior rate, 55 and up
one day $3 $5 $5 $5
30-day $10 $29 $39 $24
annual $59 $159 $259 $149
*A resident is someone who can verify a Douglas County address with two valid forms of identification.
Non-residents 55 years and older will pay adult non-resident fees.
Breakout Box #2:
Brand spankin’ new Phase 2:
n 14,000-square-foot gymnasium with six retractable basketball goals, two volleyball courts and gymnastics area
n 400-square-foot suspended, indoor track, with elevator access
n 500-square-foot kids playroom with gerbil tubes
n second-floor weight room
n men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and kids changing area
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