BMX course under consideration |

BMX course under consideration

Robert Stern

South Lake Tahoe could be gearing up for a new BMX course.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District is considering a two-year lease, which would allow for a BMX track at South Tahoe Middle School.

The track would be leased to the South Lake Tahoe BMX Association for two years, giving the organization time to find a permanent site.

Legal considerations will most likely be the focus of discussion at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board meeting today, said Joe White, Chief Financial Officer for the district. Although the American Bicycle Association has a $10 million insurance plan, legal counsel for the district has suggested the insurance be site specific. Right now it is part of a national plan, but Lauren Thomaselli, founder of the BMX association, is confident that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Also financial considerations need to be worked out, White said. The district is considering a plan to take 30 percent of track profits to pay for legal costs in setting up the agreement, estimated to be $1,200. The track is expected to generate $500 to $800 a week and any additional funds generated above legal costs would go into the district’s general fund, White said.

The district, however, is not motivated by profits to put this deal together.

“This is more of a community purpose,” he said.

The track would be located behind the baseball fields where there is a compost pile, which the South Lake Tahoe BMX Association, would be responsible for removing, a task Thomaselli said the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, city and school would all like to see done.

The track would operate from May 1 to Oct. 15. South Lake Tahoe had a BMX track on Rufus Allen Boulevard last year, but will have to relocate because of the 37,000 square foot ice rink approved in the Measure S election and slated for construction in May.

Thomaselli hopes to eventually work out an agreement with the South Tahoe Public Utility District for a permanent site near Lake Tahoe Community College, but that deal could take a few years.

What: Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board Meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: District Office,1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.