Public comment period for South Shore recreation plan closes Friday |

Public comment period for South Shore recreation plan closes Friday

Griffin Rogers

Creating a road map to an improved recreational experience at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore was a lengthy topic of discussion at Tuesday’s South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.

To truly become “America’s all-year playground,” councilmembers talked about the need for complete collaboration between the city, El Dorado County and other public and private agencies in the area.

They also said it’s essential that Douglas County is brought onboard.

“We’re connected,” said councilmember Tom Davis. “There is no state line in my mind. You know, it’s all part of the big master plan, whether it’s the economy, whether it’s recreation, entertainment — it’s all one.”

For years, locals and visitors have expressed confusion regarding the recreational opportunities at the South Shore, such as what they are and where to find them. However, many people are hoping the Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan will change all of that by providing a guide to improving recreation in the area.

So far, a draft of that plan has been created that calls for, among other things, the improvement of several parks, trails and beaches, as well as the need for some type of “consortium” that informs people about recreational options in the region.

Some first-year projects include constructing Bijou Bike Park, improving the Al Tahoe sports field, conducting community outreach for the restoration of Regan Beach and upgrading the Campground by the Lake.

Lauren Thomaselli, recreation manager for South Lake Tahoe, led a presentation on the plan’s development at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“This will allow us to get the best possible return on our investment and thereby boost the economy,” she said.

The idea for a new recreation master plan for the South Shore got started back in spring 2013, when El Dorado County and the City of South Lake Tahoe recognized the importance of the industry — particularly on the county’s eastern slope — and agreed to pursue a new course of action.

Since then, a key part of that development process has involved gathering community feedback through surveys and meetings so officials know which projects the public considers priorities.

A Draft Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan was created and has been available online at The public is free to comment on the plan or make suggestions. However, time is running out. The last day to submit comments is Oct. 10.

After all comments are in, Thomaselli expects the final plan to be complete by Nov. 1.

Councilmembers expressed a strong commitment to the plan at the city council meeting, and said they would like to hear updates at every meeting moving forward. The next regular city council meeting is Oct. 21.

The draft recreation master plan survey can also be found at the website listed above.

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