South Lake Tahoe recreation master plan moving forward |

South Lake Tahoe recreation master plan moving forward

Sebastian Foltz
Cyclists cruise to the opening day celebrations at the Bijou Bike Park earlier this year. The project was a part of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County's ongoing recreation master plan.
Sebastian Foltz / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County and City of South Lake Tahoe officials announced that they are continuing to move ahead with their joint Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan. The 118-page document, which includes both short- and long-term goals, is now available for public review. It’s also undergoing an environmental impact assessment.

The plan — widely lauded by city, county and other civic organization officials — has been credited as a big step in the right direction for the greater South Shore region’s revitalization, with a number of short-term goals already accomplished.

“I’m really excited for our city’s future,” South Lake Tahoe recreation manager Lauren Thomaselli said, commending the joint efforts of multiple governmental agencies. “We’ve recognized that the community did not want to see a plan that sits on the shelf.”

The recent completion of the Bijou Bike Park and the recpath extension connecting Meyers to the South Shore are two examples of projects already underway or accomplished.

“When I look at ‘quick wins,’ we’ve been doing that,” Thomaselli added.

The master plan includes a comprehensive list of goals to be accomplished within the next year as well as two-to-five and six-to-10-year plans

Last week’s basin-wide $9 million grant approval by the state of California is also a significant step for the city and county’s plan with substantial portions of the grant going toward South Lake Tahoe bike path projects. Additionally renovation plans for Regan Beach are currently being evaluated by the city.

“We’re excited about the direction, and the momentum continues,” Thomaselli said.

Next the recreation department will consider plans for renovations at the City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation and Swim Complex.

Thomaselli said that the project’s team meetings will kick off next week with a public comment period later this year.

More information on the city and county’s master plan is available at

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