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$572,000 set aside for James Lee Park

by Christy Chalmers

Final approval for $572,000 worth of improvements to James Lee Park should be granted Thursday.

The Douglas County Commission gave tentative approval to spending the money during a special meeting Wednesday with the Indian Hills General Improvement District board. The commission meets again Thursday and could give final approval to spending the $572,000, as well as an agreement with Indian Hills for operating and maintaining the park.

The money comes from residential construction taxes. Improvements planned for the park include another sports field, parking improvements and a building that would house restrooms, storage space and a concession stand. Pipes and wiring to serve a third sports field and other amenities the park will eventually get would also be installed.

Community Services Director Scott Morgan, who oversees county parks, said he hopes the improvements will be substantial enough to support another Little League or youth soccer branch. North valley residents currently must travel to Minden or Gardnerville to participate in youth sports.

The county-funded improvements will affect about 25 acres at the park. Indian Hills GID board chairman Steve Weaver noted the district has grants to pay for a fitness course and trail head improvements to be located at the park, though those amenities are not now scheduled for construction.