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Outdoor performance area to open at LTCC

Christina Proctor / Lake Tahoe Community College
Pat Leonard-HeffnerVolunteers, including a group from the Tahoe Conservancy, help plant trees and other native plants Tuesday for the dedication of the Ledbetter Terrace on Sunday at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Thanks to a generous donation from Jessica Ledbetter, Lake Tahoe Community College will have a new place to gather this fall.

The Ledbetter Terrace, an outdoor performance area next to the Demonstration Garden, is a multi-use gathering space. The terrace has natural-rock seating for 150 people, and additional lawn areas that would allow for more than 300 with chairs.

Ledbetter is dedicating the project to her parents, Bev and Bill Ledbetter, both members of Lake Tahoe pioneering families and longtime community philanthropists.

Beverlee (Gross) Ledbetter was the daughter of Harvey Gross, the founder of Harveys Casino. Bill Ledbetter’s mother, Fay Ledbetter, and aunt, Alva Barton, donated the property for Barton Memorial Hospital.

“The Ledbetter Terrace is a thoughtful gift to the community and a welcome addition to our campus,” said LTCC President Paul Killpatrick. “I’m honored that Jessica has chosen Lake Tahoe Community College to memorialize her parents and provide a lasting tribute to her family.”

Bill Ledbetter was the first president of the Education Facilities Corp., formed in the 1980s to help the college obtain financing for the first phase of construction for its present campus. He was also the founding chairman of the LTCC Foundation that was established in July 1995. He was also known for his landscaping skill and was involved in many Lake Tahoe beautification projects along Highway 50, and oversaw the landscaping at Bijou Community Park.

“This is a wonderful addition to our outdoor facilities,” said Roberta Mason, LTCC board of trustees member and a member of the Demon-stration Garden advisory committee. “It will be used by many students and the community.”

The terrace will have wireless Internet access and is landscaped with native and adaptive plants, as well as flowering trees. Part of the project also includes a new entrance for the Demonstration Garden that is wheelchair accessible.

There are also multiple outlets at the terrace so the area can be used for live performances or as an outdoor classroom. The wireless Internet access and power components will be completed in the spring.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11:15 a.m., during Autumn Fest.

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