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Community Center opens to fanfare

Senior Center volunteer Nick Cane cleans display shelves in the Young at Heart gift shop that is being set up in the new Senior Center.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

HOW WAS IT PAID FOR

The Carson Valley Community and Senior Center was paid for from two construction bonds totaling $14 million, $3.4 million from the medical assistance to indigent fund reserves and $1.1 million in room taxes. Donations are being used to furnish the center.

An estimated 2,000 people turned out to watch the ceremony and tour the new Douglas County Community & Senior Center on Saturday afternoon.

Longtime residents Frank and Dee Peralta said they’ve looked forward to the opening for some time.

Dee said she plans to volunteer at the center when the New Year arrives.



“It would be great to give something back and do something for the town that has given us so much,” Dee said.

Gardnerville resident Beverly Dearth volunteered at the old senior center for seven years before her health gave out.



“I want to see this big, new place,” she said.

County Commissioner chairman Doug Johnson said the timing of the opening was appropriate.

“This will be a gift that you’re going to be able to remember and you’re going be able to play with and enjoy for the rest of your lives,” Johnson said.

Community Services Director Scott Morgan said the $14.5 million building came in $7,556 under budget.

In addition to the facilities, the 83,000-square-foot building was approved for occupation on Nov. 17.

On Thursday, Morgan announced a $50,000 donation from Bently Enterprises to the Douglas County Community Services Foundation.

Morgan said the foundation is raising money to equip and furnish the center.

“Our goal was $675,000 by the time we opened,” he said. “We’ve knocked off $1.1 million in equipment and furnishings.”

Morgan said there is no stage in the dining room or climbing wall in the gym, but those things will come along as donations continue to arrive.

“Now that people are in there, they will be able to see what we need,” he said.

Morgan said he’s still looking for someone who will donate $10 million for naming rights to the building.

On Thursday county commissioners thanked Greg Lynn for his efforts on behalf of the center.

While Nancy McDermid thanked Lynn for being the guy in charge of saying “no,” Morgan said they really sought the no-cost alternative.

Morgan said CORE Construction was responsible for both designing and building the structure, keeping costs down.

However, when they proposed something, the committee in charge of building the center would ask for the no-cost alternative, something Lynn advocated.

Morgan said that without the leadership of the county commission the project would never have happened.

“They took some risk and they stood by it,” Morgan said.