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County will consider parks, recreation funds

Nevada County has $206,000 coming to fund parks. How should it be spent?

That’s something the Board of Supervisors will ponder today.



The money is coming from Proposition 12, the $2.1 billion bond act that California voters approved in March 2000.




Under Proposition 12, cities and counties get money on a per capita basis. Nevada County will receive a one-time payment of $336,000.

Some of that money has already been spent: about $130,000 toward roof repairs for Miners Foundry and St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Supervisors will discuss today how to divvy up the $206,000 that’s left.

Possibilities include buying part of Loma Rica Ranch for use as a park; acquiring recreational easements along the Lower Cascade irrigation ditch; or steering funds toward acquisition or improvements of Northstar House, a dilapidated old mansion near Grass Valley.

Those are among dozens of possible projects listed in the packet of information given to each supervisor.

“We have a lot of unfunded needs and not that much money to spend,” lamented J.P. Tindell, county recreation planner.

Because the county only owns a 13-acre park near Rood Administrative Center and 4.4 acres of park land on Deer Creek, it may pass the money along to other organizations, such as school districts, nonprofits, cities or park districts.

Though the $336,000 has already been set aside, the county must still formally apply for it.


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