Bluerock Park money made available by county |

Bluerock Park money made available by county

by Merrie Leininger

The image invoked is of couples holding hands walking on the paths, young families at the playground and teen-agers playing one-on-one.

The Ranchos’ Bluerock Park, on Bluerock Road, about 600 feet west of Leonard Road, is one step closer to that with the Douglas County Commission’s approval of $175,000 from the park construction fund.

The fund is made available by the county residential construction tax.

The park is envisioned as the first of many recreation areas that will be connected a walking/biking trail throughout the green belts.

Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District board member Dewey Jay has been a big proponent of the park and said he thinks Bluerock Park will enhance those recreation possibilities already offered at Aspen Park.

“What it does is it keeps those signs up as short as possible,” Jay said, referring to the year-old signs stating the area is the future site of Bluerock Park. “I think it’s great that we’re going to have something to contribute back to the residents now. I know people are very, very pleased that it is beginning. Within the next month or two, we should go out to bid.”

The rest of the $220,000 to build the park will come from the sale of district-owned open space. District manager Bob Spellberg said the walking/biking trail that will snake through the greenbelts will cost up to $70,000 and will be put out to bid separately. Spellberg said the district will be applying for a state grant to help pay for it.

“We’re very pleased with the decision of the county commission and appreciate its generosity. We will be going into full design now and the next step is to get design approval by county staff,” Spellberg said.

The trail is described as 1.8 miles, which starts and ends in the park.

It starts on the west end of the 1 acre park and travels down to Tillman Lane, when users will have to use the street to get back on the trail on the south side of Kimmerling Road, then back into the park.

“It will include some street portions, but 95 percent of it is through the open spaces,” he said.

The park will include a par fitness course, picnic areas, a playground for younger children and a half basketball court. The park will include vegetation native to this area and will be maintained by the Ranchos staff.