Plan to improve Meeks Bay Resort and Marina receives feedback
MEEKS BAY — A plan to expand a Lake Tahoe beach and enhance a popular summertime resort on the West Shore continued to take shape Monday at a public open house in South Lake Tahoe.
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California hosted the event in an effort to seek additional input on possible improvements to Meeks Bay Resort and Marina, a U.S. Forest Service facility operated by the Tribe via a special use permit.
The resort, located at 7941 Emerald Bay Rd. in Meeks Bay, provides day-use beach access, marina activities, lodging and RV and tent camping. However, some of the buildings at the site are several decades old and access to them, whether by foot or vehicle, could use some improvement, according to planners.
“There’s a lot of paths and trails around there that really don’t have any definition to them,” said Steve Noll, principal at Design Workshop, the firm helping to create the plan.
With the development of a master plan, the Tribe and U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hope to create a blueprint for addressing a variety of improvements to the environment and guest experience at the resort.
So far, the project objectives have been split into four areas: access, circulation and parking, environmental improvements and facility upgrades.
Access objectives include modifying the front entrance to the resort, improving ADA accessibility, providing a bus stop near the entrance and improving pedestrian and bicycle access to and within the site.
But perhaps just as necessary are improvements to circulation and parking, which Greg Weyland, business operations director for the Tribe, said can be hard to find during the busy summer months.
“I think a big part of this is organizing the parking in a way that will make it a lot more effective,” he said.
Planners are looking to do just that by making the parking lots easier to navigate, minimizing pedestrian-vehicle conflict areas, enhancing parking for the cabins and improving the fee station area where vehicles might stack up.
They are also considering alternatives that restore and expand the beach at the resort by pushing some motel units further from the water.
“We know the beach gets very crowded so expanding the beach and offering more pedestrian areas will help,” Weyland said.
Other environmental objectives include establishing restoration areas, improving scenic views and providing environmental education.
Finally, officials plan on making several facility upgrades at the site. Those include introducing bike and beach rentals, providing additional storage at Wa-She-Shu Grille, improving the marina office and restroom building and adding new overnight lodging units.
Three alternatives that would make these four objectives a reality are currently being proposed in the plan, which the public had a chance to view at Monday’s open house.
However, for those who couldn’t make it to the event but still want to provide feedback, a survey is being conducted online. More than 200 people had already participated by the end of last week.
To take the survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KT7LC3P.