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Improvements slated for popular park

Susan Wood

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Michael Clark, with the Tahoe Paradise Park board, talks about plans for improvements at the park.

One of Meyers’ best hidden secrets is due for a bit of a face-lift.

The Tahoe Paradise Improvement District, the oversight body for Tahoe Paradise Park, applied for permits last week with El Dorado County to install cabinets, a sink and countertops in the recreation hall as well as make the restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The primary complaint people who use the facilities give us is we don’t have a place set aside to serve food at community events,” said Michael Clark, who serves on the five-member board.

Located at the end of San Bernardino Avenue, the park is home to the annual duck races, barbecues, a Moose Lodge fishing day for children and a growing wedding business. Renting the quasi clubhouse has padded the district’s $55,000 annual budget. Measure S funding, a cooperative recreation-oriented initiative between South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County that passed in 2000, has also subsidized the budget. District homeowner dues were dropped with the formation of the joint power agreement spun out of Measure S.

With a grant match, the initiative paid half of the $200,000 in playground equipment under the capital improvement budget about three years ago. The parking lot located at the end of the driveway was also repaved.

Down the road, the district may consider repairing the deteriorating tennis courts.

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“The bang for the buck is not quite there,” he said.

Lighting may also be an option later on for those long summer days. The park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. This summer, the park will put out picnic tables valued at about $20,000, he added.

Once the district president, Clark has noticed many families frequent the community gathering spot.

“The park has a lot of potential. We love the quaint nature of it. By the same token, we want to see what we have got utilized,” he said.

Meyers Roundtable committee member and resident Sue Novasel agreed, calling the park “a diamond in the rough.”

The board took issue with a few letters to the editor at the Tahoe Daily Tribune that questioned the use and access to the park. He said the park was closed temporarily because of flooding safety concerns, and board President Debbie Henderson reflected the reason in a counter letter to the Tribune.

The Meyers park has caught the attention of El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago. She called it “an identifying point for Meyers.”