INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Fund announced Wednesday it has met its goal of raising $750,000 in donations for a long-awaited bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park.
This private investment will trigger more than $12 million in public funds from federal, state and local governments, according to the fund.
“It is simply incredible to see the generous support of the private community to bring this world-class walking, running, biking, strolling path to Tahoe,” CEO Amy Berry said in a statement. “We invite individuals, businesses and foundations to add their support for the path and leave their names and legacies on the beautiful eastern shore of Tahoe.”
The 10-foot-wide, three-mile paved path is expected to improve safety along a dangerous stretch of Highway 28 that often features motorists dodging cyclists and pedestrians on the lake’s busy east shore.
It will be separated from the highway, beginning at the Lakeshore Drive intersection and expanding that road’s current bike path to Sand Harbor State Park, providing access to Hidden Beach, Memorial Point and other scenic vistas.
People can still donate to the project, Berry said. All donations of $100 or more will be featured on a donor wall at the trailhead. Engraved bear- and trout-shaped pavers are also available along the path for donations of $2,500 and $5,000.
With construction slated for May 2015, it marks the next major component of the Tahoe Transportation District-led Lake Tahoe Bikeway project that aims to one day circumnavigate the lake.
According to previous reports, the bike path will take two construction seasons to complete.
Since its inception in 2010, the fund has been gaining momentum by funding smaller projects, usually via five-figure donations to environmentally sustainable projects such as the Blackwood Creek/Eagle Rock Trail restoration on the West Shore and the Incline/Third Creek restoration in Incline Village.
“The Tahoe Fund was founded to inspire the private community to support great environmental projects in Tahoe,” Tahoe Fund Board Chair Tim Cashman said in a statement. “We are so grateful to everyone that has stepped up to make this dream project a reality.”