City finishes Recreation Master Plan survey

Eric Heinz

The completion of the Parks and Recreation Community Survey means the city of South Lake Tahoe is making headway on its Recreation Master Plan.

The online survey portion of the master plan was available for people to complete from Aug. 20 to Oct. 6 on the city’s website, and the random locations that received mailed surveys were sent in mid-August.

The master plan is intended to give officials more disclosure in regard to recreation and its affect in the area. El Dorado County has also joined the effort to put together the master plan.

According to the city’s Parks and Recreation Community Survey, 95 percent of the people who took either the mailed or online survey said parks and recreation is “very” or “extremely” important to the quality of life in South Lake Tahoe. The report stated 324 people out of the 1,600 households mailed completed surveys, an overall response rate of 22 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

Of the people who responded to the survey, 94 percent ranked trails and path mobility as the city’s highest priority in need of attention.

Within the survey, 86 percent of people reported in the survey answered health and wellness opportunities were their most important priority.

“What’s interesting is that with all the various outreach opportunities there were some key themes identified,” South Lake Tahoe recreation director Lauren Thomaselli said. “The one that stands out the most is the lack of connectivity of bike trails and recreation facilities. There’s a lot going on, but trying to get that information and find coordinated information and resources is difficult.”

Community events, Frisbee golf, ice skating and regular golf were rated highest-quality by survey participants. After-school programs were listed in some of the lowest-quality area of the survey, so were certifications such as CPR, automated external defibrillator, first aid and babysitting.

The management plan is schedule to be completed late spring or early summer, Thomaselli said.

Workshops on the master plan are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 in South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, Nev., respectively, according to the city’s website. Specific locations are to be determined.

The master plan is comprised in four phases, and the second phase, surveying, was completed Monday, according to city officials. The next phase will assess trends and economic impacts as well as other statistical information, Thomaselli said.

“The needs assessment coming out with information from the outreach opportunities will identify recreation and how other cities have accomplished the same priority needs,” Thomaselli said.

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