Walking, biking, skateboarding, MAC project on Parks & Rec radar
March 7, 2013
It was more than a walk in the park at the latest gathering of Carson City’s Parks and Recreation Commission.It was a celebration of sorts because “a missing link” is about to be closed in the city’s sidewalk and bike path system, according to Vern Krahn, park planner. “This was a critical component in that system,” he told commissioners Tuesday night.His celebratory comment came after city Transportation Manager Patrick Pittenger explained the expected bike and pedestrian work along 5th Street between Saliman Road and 5th Street’s Freeway bridge. There will be a sidewalk on the south side and bike lanes on both sides of 5th Street.“These are still in design,” Pittenger said, showing maps and pictures dealing with the plan. The $230,000 project, however, can begin this summer when federal funds become available. He said the whole project is likely to be paid for with federal dollars.Pittenger also updated commissioners on potential improvements for an existing multi-use path along East William Street between Saliman and the freeway interchange to the east, but said a “big hiccup” from federal transportation legislation may delay funding and that project.Commissioners heard from Scott Romero, a freshman at Silver State Charter High School, who sought upgrades at the skateboard facility in Mills Park. He wanted a cover to cope with winter weather. Funds aren’t available, but his interest prompted discussion of expanded skateboarding options and recalled a drive led in the 1990s by the late Virginia Orcutt to get the existing skateboard park built.Staff recalled a skateboard facility is in the master plan for the JohnD Winters Centennial Park to be built some time in the future.Commissioners and staff suggested Romero find a champion like Orcutt, raise funds and help city government mount a project later.Parks and Recreation Director Roger Moellendorf gave an overview of the multi-use athletic (MAC) building planned to start this year on Russell Way near the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada.Moellendorf has given various updates of the estimated $5.4 million project this winter, noting it will include two high school-sized basketball courts and an elevated walking-jogging track.The commission also reviewed a presentation on a project to make Carson River Aquatic Trail safety and river bank improvements, plus it approved a commission mission statement.The commission plays a vital role, according to the statement, in providing parks and recreation facilities, programs and services to improve Carson City quality of life by working with city staff and the public in advising the Board of Supervisors.