Fixing up Carson Valley playgrounds |

Fixing up Carson Valley playgrounds

Work continues on the playground improvements at Johnson Lane park.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

With spring-like weather Carson Valley playgrounds are getting more use, with two getting new equipment.

Work has been under way on the Johnson Lane Park playground equipment since mid-January.

The work is part of the overall improvement of the park, which was approved by county commissioners last year.

Community Services Director Scott Morgan said he expected work on the tennis courts to begin in the next few months, so the park should be done in time for summer.

The playground equipment is part of $850,000 in improvements slated for the park, including tennis courts, a dog park and a variety of other improvements including a disk golf course.

The park is located north of Stephanie Way next door to the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Station.

Built in the early 1990s using residential construction tax, the park is on a five-acre site, with a two-acre softball-baseball-soccer field, an outdoor basketball court, restrooms, a picnic shelter and play area.

The $1 million for the park was raised from regional construction tax of $1,000 per building permit raised over the past 20 years.

Work on the park stalled when Federal Emergency Management Administration mapping placed it in the flood plain.

He said the proposed improvements won’t change the waterflow pattern across the property.

A disc golf course won’t disturb the area around the park owned by the county.

In Gardnerville, Trinity Lutheran Child Care Center and Kindergarten has received $31,847 in grants and donations to install safe outdoor play equipment. This spring the center is holding work days and acquiring donations to install the equipment over the summer months.

The largest contribution to the project was through the Let’s Play grant. Dr. Pepper Snapple and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the center a $15,000 Let’s Play grant to purchase and install an innovative playground equipment system called BCI Burke Voltage by September 2016.

“The children and staff of Trinity Lutheran Childcare Center & Kindergarten are very excited to be updating our playground so that we can continue to teach a ‘Loving Christ in a Caring Community,’” said Director Laura Edmonds. “Our new play equipment will give the children many opportunities to socialize, play and learn about the importance of exercise.”

Supporters and parents have raised $16,847 to help match the grant funds and provide enough to purchase and install the equipment. The center needs to raise an additional $15,000 to ensure they can purchase and install the equipment. Donations are needed by June 1 and are being accepted at the center, 1174 Mill St., Gardnerville, NV 89410.