Plan shelved for Echo Summit visitor’s center |

Plan shelved for Echo Summit visitor’s center

Emily Aughinbaugh

Tahoe Keys Resort owners gave up on the idea to open a visitor’s center near Echo Summit this year.

Tom Davis, Alex Graf and Paul Gardner purchased nearly an acre of land in 1998 with a building on it that had formerly been occupied by artists.

Davis said he and his partners had planned to turn the building into a welcoming center with visitor information. However, he said the owners couldn’t get the community involved in the proposal.

“We couldn’t make it work and a man from the Bay area made us an offer, so we took it,” Davis said. “I still think a visitor’s center is a good idea, but only if there’s interest from the community.”

The El Dorado County assessor’s office listed the property’s buyers as Ronald and Pearlyn Wanigatunga. Davis would not say how much the Wanigatungas paid for the property. They could not be reached for comment.

Duane Wallace, executive director of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, said the idea of a welcoming center is a good one, but the chamber board is looking at other site options. Wallace said the U.S. Forest Service and California Tahoe Conservancy own land south of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89 that could serve as potential sites. He said the board has also considered putting a visitor center in the Lake Tahoe Airport.

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