Linear Park construction begins |

Linear Park construction begins

Michael Schneider

Construction on the Linear Park Project began Monday.

G.B. Construction, of South Lake Tahoe, was at the park site Monday afternoon with heavy equipment making way for the park’s bike trail.

Dave Galicia, G.B. general partner, said the firm was working with a backhoe, excavator and a dump truck, clearing the path. He said the workers were only removing what foliage they absolutely had to, per orders from the city.

“The city tried to avoid trees,” Galicia said. “We’re trying to keep a natural look to it.”

The attention to the natural landscape will make the park’s boundary on the Tahoe Meadows side less than symmetrical. Galicia said one resident approached him over the weekend and asked that he not remove a manzanita bush.

“Whatever the owners want, just let me know,” he said.

The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase is to be completed by Oct. 15, and includes the bike path and new fencing. Galicia pointed out, at the request of Tahoe Meadows home owners, the new fencing will be in place before the old fencing is removed.

The final phase of the project will begin May 1999 and be completed by the end of the construction year in October.

Galicia, a 38-year South Lake Tahoe resident, said everyone in his company, including him, is excited about the project.

Galicia said he remembers looking at the forbidding fence that separates the Meadows from the rest of Tahoe as a kid.

“It’s a big improvement,” he said.

The cost for the project is an estimated $800,000.

The majority of project funding will come from a grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy. The remaining $50,000 will come from the South Tahoe Public Utility District for a water line serving the park.

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