BMX proposal accepted by school district
South Lake Tahoe BMX got the checkered flag Tuesday night, when the Lake Tahoe Unified School District agreed to lease school property for a BMX track.
Lauren Thomaselli, founder of The South Lake Tahoe BMX Association, told boardmembers: “You will be the heroes in a lot of peoples’ eyes for helping us continue.”
South Tahoe Middle School property will be leased to the BMX Association for two years, giving the organization time to find a permanent site. The association will begin building the track in May and will have it open in mid to late June, Thomaselli said.
The track will be about 900 feet long. It will be built by volunteers, many of whom are eagerly awaiting the green light from Thomaselli, she said.
Legal considerations took priority in discussions. The district insisted that insurance for the track, which will be provided by the American Bicycle Association, be site specific. Thomaselli said the school district would specifically be listed under the insurance plan. The ABA has a $10 million liability insurance plan per occurrence, and an additional $3,000 for each rider.
The BMX association is also working with the city to provide a 10-foot high locking fence to secure the track when it is not open. Regardless, the insurance plan will cover the school district seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Thomaselli said.
The track will be located behind the baseball fields where there is a compost pile, which The BMX Association, would be responsible for removing. Thomaselli said this should work to the association’s advantage in getting permits from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
South Lake Tahoe had a BMX track on Rufus Allen Boulevard last year, but has to relocate because of the 37,000 square foot ice rink approved in the Measure S election which slated for construction in May.
“I was really pleased last year,” said boardmember Bernadette Santana, ” … A lot of kids were participating, and it was well organized.”
Thomaselli said she 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.
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