City give a tour |

City give a tour

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The city of South Lake Tahoe gave its citizens a sneak peak Tuesday of its recreational facilities over a 15-acre site, including the newly constructed ice arena as its star attraction.

“I wanted to see the ice rink. I’ve lived here for 20 years, and I’ve been dying to see this,” said Bill Marschak, who grew up in Chicago.

The hockey fan hasn’t skated since he moved to Tahoe, but the new rink prompted him to go out and buy new skates.

Marschak even brought his bundled-up daughter Ally, who started ice skating three years ago at age 2.

The family joined about 30 other people in feasting their eyes on the ending stages of the $4.4 million enclosed arena off Rufus Allen Boulevard. The city is expecting the bleachers to arrive to the 37,000 square-foot facility any day now.

Incoming Arena Manager Gary Moore showed the guests where the waiting area will go, along with the locations of the locker rooms, video arcade, arena cafe and pro shop. The city bought 600 skates to rent.

Advertisements are beginning to dot the dasher boards to help offset the expense.

Moore said the city has signed 14 instructors to teach in its skating schools. About 100 people have signed up, and they expect 250 in the first year. Moore said he expects that number to double in the following year.

The ice arena is due to open May 11 at 10 a.m. to a free skate day.

From the ice rink, the group toured the Rufus Allen corporation yard where the city keeps its snowplow equipment. Inside the modest maintenance shop, cold and pain remedies line the shelf in the 24-hour operation.

At the park maintenance yard, slats nailed up to keep the woodpeckers from destroying the building show more evidence of a city in need of repair.

On the other side of that yard however, hundreds of people set up stakes at the Campground by the Lake. The council toured the B loop in a bus to see where 32 more electrical hookups are due to go in.

The bus brought the council and guests to El Dorado Beach, where the city plans to repair a retaining wall where a slide occurred. It would also like to replace the floating docks at the beach.

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