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Donner Lake pavilion package fee to increase

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The fee to use the pavilion area at Donner Lake’s West End Beach is increasing by $75 for summer 2014.

Daily use fees will go from $750 to $825 to better align with rental prices of comparable venues in the Truckee/Tahoe area, said Jennifer Boehm, office manager for the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District.

Similar venues cost between $2,000 to $5,000 a day, said Dan O’Gorman, TDRPD recreation superintendent.

The fee includes access to the 30-foot covered pavilion, sole use of the overflow parking lot, a TDRPD staff member to monitor parking for eight hours a day, and the first 100 guests.

“This is just an incremental rate (increase) that will not deter any reservations,” O’Gorman said.

The last time the fee was raised was for summer 2010, Boehm said.

A Friday pavilion package for $425 also has been created for next summer, due to the district receiving requests from renters to set up for weddings and events at the site in advance, but not wanting to pay the full package rate.

The package includes everything in the full pavilion rate, except admission is for up to 25 people, not 100.

Additionally, Monday-through-Thursday packages at $325 a day begin next summer in order to supply a staff person at the site, Boehm said.

Newly generated fees will go into the TDRPD’s general fund, she said.

“I think it’s completely reasonable,” said Kristin York, TDRPD board chair. “I actually went to a wedding there and the people — it was a younger couple — ... said this is the cheapest place in town. It’s a bargain.”

The TDRPD board of directors approved the fee hikes 4-0 at their Sept. 26 meeting. Director Kevin Murphy was absent.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 3, 2013 06:54PM Published Oct 3, 2013 03:40PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.