Nevada County OKs money for new outdoor stage, picnic area in Nevada City |

Nevada County OKs money for new outdoor stage, picnic area in Nevada City

Two projects totaling almost $23,000 will be financed this year through a special Nevada County recreation-oriented fund.

Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve $8,910 worth of improvements for the picnic area at Pioneer Park in Nevada City and $13,750 to build a 12-foot by 16-foot outdoor stage and seating at the county’s Madelyn Helling Library at the Rood administration complex in Nevada City.

Financing for both projects comes out of the county’s recreation mitigation fund, which is made up of fees collected for new residential dwellings by the county Planning Department. The financing includes a 10 percent administration fee for each project.

According to Planning Department Director Brian Foss, the Pioneer Park and library improvements were two of four projects — all in the Nevada City sub zone — considered for funding this year.

Although the recreation mitigation funds benefit Grass Valley/Nevada City and Twin Ridges zones, previous years’ allocations exhausted both the Grass Valley sub-zone ($49,500 for the Condon Park Community Building parking lot) and the Twin Ridges zone ($49,500 for the Oak Tree Community Park pavilion).

Foss said the four proposals were reviewed by a panel that included staff from the county executive office, county counsel, planning, public works and the Nevada County Planning Commission.

Foss said the outdoor stage would be used for library programming, primarily for children and teens.

“The library has limited space indoors to handle the planned activities that are provided for free to the public,” Foss said in the staff report. “Primarily, (that includes) performances associated with the summer reading program.”

He added that when the stage and seating are not being used by the library, they could be offered to nonprofit organizations such as Performing Arts Guild, InConcert Sierra, Music in the Mountains, NEO and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

As to the picnic area, improvements will include two new barbecues and adjacent new food prep/counter space area. Construction on those items will be done by 49er Rotary and Nevada City staff.

The second phase of improvements will include new picnic tables, a sink and plumbing for the food preparation area, lighting and electrical hookup to an existing pole and gravel placed around the barbecue area.

In addition to the outdoor stage at the library and the Pioneer Park picnic area, Nevada City had requested $2,000 for a fence at Pioneer Park and $25,560 for a one-third mile Pioneer Park “Roll and Stroll” path, bike racks and seating area.

Foss said the walking path project was rejected due to concerns about drainage in one section and lack of disabled access in another part of the trail.

In addition, Foss said the county’s fund did not have enough money to finance both the walking path and the picnic area improvements in the current funding cycle. The fence was not recommended for financing because it did not have any matching funds and since it was seen as a lesser priority than the picnic area and walking path.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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