City of Reno

Staff Report

Staff Report (For Possible Action): Acceptance of Donation from the William N. Pennington Foundation for re-construction work at Traner Pool, located at 1600 Carville Drive, in the amount of $800,000.


Department:Parks, Recreation and Community ServicesSponsors:
Category:Receipt of Donation


  1. Printout
  2. Pennington Foundation Grant Agreement

Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation:  Staff requests that City Council accept the private donation of $800,000 from the William N. Pennington Foundation for the re-construction of Traner Pool.


Proposed Motion:  I move to approve the staff recommendation.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary: The William N. Pennington Foundation (WNPF), a charitable organization, has approved a grant for the re-construction of Traner PoolTraner Pool is owned by the City of Reno and operated as a seasonal pool during the Washoe County School District summer break.  Traner Pool was closed during the 2017 summer.  Staff anticipates that the pool re-construction will be completed in order to open the pool to the public in June 2018.  Staff requests the City Council accept the $800,000 donation for the identified purpose from the WNPF.


Discussion:  In March 2017, Traner Pool was vandalized and damaged resulting in the pool not being able to open for the summer 2017 season.  Although some of the damage will be covered by insurance claims and Council set aside funding to reopen the pool, the City was still short of the required funding to fully update the facility.  Local businesses and organizations have become our vital partners to acquire the remaining funding needed to complete the project.  The grant from WNPF provides the remaining funding the City needs to complete the re-construction tasks associated with Traner Pool. 


Financial Implications:  The funds will be restricted for the purpose in which they were donated. 


Legal Implications:  Legal review completed for compliance with City procedures and Nevada Law. NRS 268.008(6) provides that the city may "Receive bequests, devises, gifts and donations of all kinds of property wherever situated in fee simple, in trust or otherwise, for charitable or other purposes and do anything necessary to carry out the purposes of such bequests, devises, gifts and donations with full power to manage, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of such property in accordance with the terms of such bequest, devise, gift or donation."