Committee seeks input on improving Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers
MEYERS, Calif. — Tahoe Paradise Park’s biggest problem might be that people don’t know it exists or that it’s open to the public.
“It’s one of the great unused areas in Lake Tahoe,” El Dorado County supervisor Sue Novasel said, describing the roughly 55-acre parcel near Meyers.
Falling under the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District, park management officials believe there is plenty of confusion about the once private park, made public following the passing of City of South Lake Tahoe’s Measure S recreation program.
“I’ve had so many people say, ‘I didn’t even know there was a park there,’” Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District board member Pete Nelligan said.
Located west of U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers near Lake Tahoe Golf Course, the park — which includes a sizable lake fed by the Upper Truckee River — is also in need of improvement.
“I was a surprised and a little bit appalled by its condition,” Nelligan said of discovering the park in 2014, prior to joining the district board.
In an effort to create public awareness and work toward improving the area, the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District board will hold a workshop Thursday, March 3, to get feedback on the group’s park improvement master plan.
The meeting will take place at the California Conservation Corps building in Meyers from 6-8 p.m.
“The park has incredible potential,” Novasel said, describing a desire to make it a true community park for Meyers with regular events and activities.
“There’s a lot of stuff that can be done,” Nelligan added. “I’m excited about pushing this forward.”
He further explained that some of the maintenance concerns are already being addressed, but the master plan could include additional improvements to the park. Among the changes, the county is in the process of revoking the ordinance banning dogs. Novasel said the ordinance should be lifted this spring.
Goals of the master plan include promoting increased usage of the park through activity programing and community involvement, as well as protecting and enhancing natural and man-made features and better managing usage and funding.
Details and a draft of the proposed plan are available at http://www.tahoeparadisepark.com.
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