County park committee ready to report |

County park committee ready to report

Michael Schneider

Who: El Dorado County Park Search Committee

When: Wednesday (4 p.m., final steering committee meeting; 7 p.m., public meeting)

Where: Lake Tahoe Community College theater

Wednesday will be the culmination of months of planning and figuring from a steering committee charged with finding an appropriate site for a county park on the South Shore.

Last spring, the 25-member committee convened to find a park location that would satisfy all the county’s needs for the park and the greatest number of people involved.

After hiring two consulting firms, holding several meetings and visits to the potential sites, the findings from the committee are ready for public consumption.

After touring the five final sites, the committee narrowed the search to three. They are a snow dump at the end of Sierra Boulevard, the Meyers dump site off Elks Point Road and lands in the Tahoe Paradise subdivision.

El Dorado County has been looking for a place to put a county park on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore for about a decade.

The county had planned to build the park at the Golden Bear trailhead and fire station on Pioneer Trail until Golden Bear residents complained of potential increased parking, lighting and traffic that a park there would bring.

The Golden Bear land is also on Burton-Santini land-swap property. Burton-Santini land is designated as open space land and there was some controversy as to whether or not it could be used for recreation.

Two of the three finalists – the Sierra Boulevard and Tahoe Paradise sites – are also Burton-Santini land. Dennis Crabb, South Lake Tahoe attorney and park search consultant, said soil contamination and tree clear-cutting make the sites, although Burton-Santini, not environmentally sensitive land.

After the site tour in mid-August, Crabb said the Meyers site was the frontrunner.

Crabb said the implementation plan for the park is being finalized in anticipation of Wednesday night’s meeting.

The steering committee will meet for a final time at 4 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Community College theater.

The public meeting follows at 7 p.m., at which time the final choice and implementation strategy will be revealed.

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