A workshop held by South Lake Tahoe’s Parks and Recreation Commission on Tuesday asks people to come to Regan Beach and share their visions for the future of the city-owned park.
“It’s going to be a fun, interactive workshop for people to really be engaged in creating a wish list of what their ideal Regan Beach would look like,” said Lauren Thomaselli, recreation manager for the city of South Lake Tahoe.
“It’s a neighborhood park and the neighborhood’s input is critical to what kind of programming or usage the park will host.”
The park on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe has numerous issues. A retaining wall is crumbling, access to the park is poor, restrooms have pipes that freeze in the winter and the concession building has a roof that leaks.
“We’re meeting there to take ideas. We want to know what the community would like to see there,” said Pete Fink, chairman of the parks and recreation commission.
South Lake Tahoe City Council has identified Regan Beach as one of its many capital improvement priorities and might allocate some of the city’s excess reserves to pay for the planning and design stages of a future renovation project.
Tuesday’s workshop will be a first step in that process, Thomaselli said.
The goal is to leverage water quality, handicap accessibility and recreation improvements in a high-use area that builds off other recent improvements in the area, including the Lakeview Commons and Harrison Avenue projects.
“There’s been discussion in the past and with all of that Harrison Avenue construction and Lakeview Commons, Regan Beach is a natural next step. It’s a smaller park that sees high usage and it’s just a critical point right now in terms of facilities,” Thomaselli said.
South Lake Tahoe residents are asked to take part in shaping that vision. People who participate in the workshop will get a ticket for a free meal from Lighthouse Café, the concessionaire. “So come on out, have some fun, be a part of the future for Regan Beach and have a nice meal at sunset,” Thomaselli said.