Park commission discusses Regan Beach workshop |

Park commission discusses Regan Beach workshop

Jack Barnwell

South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation commissioners on Thursday tackled some of the possible updates for the upcoming Tuesday community meeting on Regan Beach future improvements.

Recreation Manager Lauren Thomaselli informed the commissioners the format would include a brief presentation followed by an open house session. The city hosted a community workshop in August 2014 that generated a lot of comments and feedback.

Thomaselli said the beach infrastructure must be addressed, including the retaining wall.

“The current wall that is there is deteriorating and the goal is it more effective and more sustainable,” Thomaselli said. She added the city doesn’t have a concrete vision of how to accomplish the goal.

The 2014 workshop followed up with a $98,800 conceptual plan.

Commissioners said possible items could include the discussion of infrastructure, future use, water and sand quality, and whether the city should ban dogs or enact a leash law.

Regan Beach currently has a “dog water park” amenity, in addition to a grass area, playground and walking path along its retaining wall. The grass area remains a popular venue for weddings.

Commissioner Steven Noll said a major issue popping up might be local residents’ attitude that Regan Beach should be closed to the public as a whole.

Commissioner Bonnie Turnbull said the argument didn’t carry much weight.

“That is an arrogant attitude and I’m saying that because I live in the area,” Turnbull said. She agreed the beach should keep a neighborhood feeling but shouldn’t limit access to a place listed as a public city resource.

Noll suggested that people should be placed in groups at round tables and rotated at intervals to discuss different topics.

The outreach meeting will be held at South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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