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Home Depot pitches in for landscaping community center

Feather Publishing

Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District recently received a $2,500 "Building Healthy Communities" grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

Grant funds will be used to purchase the materials and supplies needed to landscape the areas around the Nuksa Te' Playground and the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville.

The grant is the latest form of support the district has received in efforts to complete the community center.

Included will be the purchase of several large trees that will provide some much-needed summertime shade for children at the playground.

Organizers are planning a volunteer party to plant the trees and other vegetation for the first weekend in October.

Volunteers can receive time-banking hours through the Community Connections Program, if they wish.

For more information about the work party, those interested may call district administrator Dawnette Dryer at 284-7653.

In 2002, thanks to the hard grant-writing work of volunteer directors, the district received a $225,000 grant from the state of California from the Resources Bond Act, or Proposition 40.

Directors invested $155,000 in the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum and $11,660 into the Indian Valley Community Pool in Taylorsville.

With the remaining funds, directors are working with local contractors Chris Meyers and Rob Krinsky to install accesssible parking and walkways at the community center, which is located across Highway 89 from the Sierra Sunrise Coffee House.

In addition, directors will be working with Roberts Truck and Tractor to complete a graded day-use area next to the playground.

The picnic area will feature picnic tables made by local wood craftsmen Mike Alexander and Primo Cassol and will be a great place for children's birthday parties or other events.

Additional Proposition 40 funds will pay for landscaping and the construction of an outdoor fenced children's play area where toddlers and parents can play in a safe and enclosed area.

Finally, directors are working in partnership with the Indian Valley Community Services District to construct the Greenville Triangle Park in front of Plumas Bank, at the intersection of Highway 89 and Ayoob Alley.

When complete, this park will provide a visually pleasing landscaped area, which is fully integrated with the upcoming sidewalk and streetscape improvement plan.

While $225,000 does sound like a lot of money, none of the projects could have been carried out without the additional financial support of local businesses, individual donors and the dedicated effort of local volunteer contractors, community members and directors.

Directors invite residents to stop by the Community Center and thank Rob Krinsky, Chris Meyers and their crewmembers for their week of donated work on the beautiful wood panel ceiling provided at a great discount by Sierra Pacific Industries.

The contractors and other volunteers have literally donated hundreds of hours of labor, particularly over the past three months.

Directors agreed that without their efforts, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for the center to open this fall.


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