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Open house showcases Park and Rec offerings

Jack Barnwell
jbarnwell@tahoedailytribune.com
Ayden Newey studies a conceptual plan of the Bijou Bike Park, expected to break ground this summer, during Saturday's South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Open House/Spring into Summer event.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Visitors popped in and out the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation open house on Saturday, grabbing a sneak peak of what activities and amenities were available to residents.

The open house, an annual event, corresponded with a slew of South Lake Tahoe 50th Anniversary events occurring during the year, as well as a kickoff to the Spring into Summer showcase of events.

City recreation staff and contract instructors provided free demonstrations including jazzercise, swimming lessons, aikido for adults and martial arts for children and young adults.

Staff also broke out its master recreation plan, a blueprint of the city’s next steps in expanding services and overhauling infrastructure, including proposed rehabilitation of Regan Beach.

“The one reason why more than three million people come to Lake Tahoe is the same reason we live here, and that’s to enjoy the year-round outdoor recreation. If we can improve that experience and create memories then we can inspire them to stay another day or come back with friends.” — Recreation Manager Lauren Thomaselli

In the outdoor playground, children ran through a fun obstacle course.

Recreation Manager Lauren Thomaselli called recreation a driving force behind South Lake Tahoe’s economy and quality of life.

“The one reason why more than three million people come to Lake Tahoe is the same reason we live here, and that’s to enjoy the year-round outdoor recreation,” Thomaselli said. “If we can improve that experience and create memories then we can inspire them to stay another day or come back with friends.”

Thomaselli added with improvements in the community and expanding school curriculum, it creates more enticement for people to make South Lake Tahoe home. A year-round recreation base as opposed to just summer and winter recreation only enhances that appeal.

“If we can create a recreation economy that is consistent for the entire year and attracts young families to make their home here, then we create a much more quality experience and a healthier community,” Thomaselli said.


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