New recreation sign standards approved |

New recreation sign standards approved

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

Tahoe visitors may get some help finding places to play.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Advisory Planning Commission approved recommendation of new recreational sign standards.

The standards were drafted by the Tahoe Coalition of Recreation Providers, a professional association that coordinates public and private recreation providers management activities.

Through public workshops and interviews that began in 1992, coalition members discovered recreational signs in the Lake Tahoe Basin were inconsistent in delineating the extent and limits of public ownership. The organization found the signs were especially limiting to visitors who do not speak English well because of the varying colors, shapes and symbols used on recreational signs.

The new standards would not require the replacement of any signs, but any new recreational signs in the basin would have to follow the standards.

At least two of the three elements that make up the Tahoe logo would have to be incorporated in the design of new recreational signs, and all signs would have to comply with the U.S. Forest Service Recreation Symbol Set.

The Tahoe logo elements include a blue band, the name Tahoe and a lake shaped graphic.

Because no one is required to change their signs, Pam Drum, TRPA communications director, said it could take awhile before all recreational signs reach the standard uniformity.

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