City property, campground may get facelift |

City property, campground may get facelift

The California Tahoe Conservancy has allotted $25,000 for a landscape architect to look at ways to improve public access and facilities on 56 acres of public land abutting Lake Tahoe that now houses an ice rink, pool, campground and library.

Owned in separate portions by the city of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County, the land could qualify for millions in conservancy funds if used for the right purposes, said Ray Lacey, who works on the public access program for the conservancy.

“Something that’s lacking in all people’s minds is a central space for this town,” Lacey said. “This is land that we believe is undervalued and underrealized by the community. There’s a broad array of public uses there but they all came along one at a time. It just needs fresh eyes to look at it and say how can we make this function together.”

El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago and City Councilmember Kathay Lovell, who sit on the conservancy’s board of directors, steered the development of an agreement to move the project forward, Lacey said.

Santiago views the project as a boon for the city and the county.

“This cooperative effort could become a centerpiece of the area’s revitalization efforts, while significantly increasing public access and enjoyment of our community,” Santiago said in a statement.

Lovell said the project demonstrates the county and city’s joint commitment to achieving community and environmental goals.

“Our goal is to provide a crown jewel for the South Shore,” she said in a statement, “providing our residents and visitors with lake access and recreation opportunities that are worthy of our grand setting.”

At its meeting March 19 in Sacramento, the conservancy’s board also authorized over $7.3 million in erosion control grants, including $2.0 million to the city of South Lake Tahoe, $2.7 million to El Dorado County and $2.5 million to Placer County.

These grants will go to support projects to reduce runoff, trap sediment, stabilize eroding channels and slopes, and other projects aimed at protecting Lake Tahoe’s clarity.

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