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Charity seeks help sprucing up Linear Park

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Chad Lundquist/Tahoe Daily Tribune A statue of a Washo woman and baby at the end of Linear Park is surrounded by daffodils planted by members of Core 24 Charities. The flowers are part of the group's plan to make the area more aesthetically pleasing.

On either side of a fence is a world of history that often gets ignored in our hurried pace to rush down Highway 50. Core 24 Charities is trying to do something about that.

There was a time when the Washo people would spend their summers on the shore of South Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Meadows was once a frequent fishing area for the Washo. A nearby pond was used to store the fish until the tribe needed them for food.

Because of this history, the now defunct city arts council decided to erect a statue in that location to honor the Washo Tribe. Along Linear Park the statue created by Arnold Aragon portrays a typical Washo woman. The original pedestal on which the statue sits began to crumble after nearly six years. In stepped Core 24 Charities. In September, a more durable quartzite pedestal was built. The material was donated by Steve Harding at Tahoe Sand and Gravel.

The arts council had intended to place plaques in a semi-circle that would have told the story of the Washo. Lack of funds prevented that from happening. Core 24 Charities has begun its quest to improve the look of the Linear Park that stretches from Embassy Vacation Rentals to Holiday Inn Express.

“A lot of people on that trail are walking and biking and it would be a better experience if it were more aesthetically pleasing,” said Nancy Marzocco, trustee of Core 24 Charities.

Core 24 worked with the city and South Tahoe Public Utility District to establish a 2-inch water hookup near the old Shell station. It will be installed in May. The next step is to get firm commitments from interested parties to help fund the installation of the irrigation system. This could cost about $25,000 because the line has to be installed under Tahoe Meadows’ driveway. And no one in Tahoe has the equipment to do such a project. The goal is to begin work next year. Tahoe Meadows Homeowners Association has expressed interest in helping, and Holiday Inn Express has made a committment. Nancy McDermid, who with husband Charlie owns the hotel, is a member of Core 24 Charities.

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The intent would be for the city of South Lake Tahoe to take over upkeep of the site once native plants are in the ground and the irrigation system is in place. In the mean time, members of Core 24 Charities planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs around the pedestal that are now blossoming.

Anyone who is interested in helping with the Linear Park project may e-mail or call (866) 239-7685.