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Plans for Meyers Landfill

New playing fields, more bike trails, a skating rink … anything, please!

South Lake Tahoe parents, athletic coaches, children and the community in general have been pleading for new and improved recreational facilities for a long time.

At last it seems there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Congressman John Doolittle has agreed to carry a $2.4 million appropriation through Congress that would provide funding necessary to create a recreational facility at the 160-acre Meyers landfill.

“Conceptually everybody’s there and it’s moving forward in Congress,” said Dennis Crabb, South Lake Tahoe attorney and project facilitator for El Dorado County’s Recreation Master Plan. “The parties involved have worked cooperatively to come up with a funding strategy – $1 million of which would complete the cleanup and $1.4 million to construct the recreation facility and fields.”

This comes at a time when, according to Recreation Superintendent Judy Crawford, the need for new fields is urgent and cannot be ignored much longer.

“It’s critical. There isn’t a place where people can go with their families and play in the grass – that would just be so nice,” Crawford said. “But really we need athletic fields for the children, the ones we have are overused and damaged. We don’t have the luxury to set aside a field and let it enrich itself.”

Focussing efforts on the Meyers landfill comes after nearly two years of negotiations and plans gone awry – among those the failure of the proposed Golden Bear Park on U.S. Forest Service lands, at the end of Sierra Boulevard.

“The Golden Bear environmental impact study showed that there would be significant negative impact,” Crabb said. “Finally, everyone realized that particular proposal was not going anywhere, although there was a definite need for a recreational facility.”

As a result of this failure, a group of community representatives, sponsored by El Dorado County, met over a period of five months and came up with a Recreation Master Plan. The plan identified potential sites for recreational development, which were eventually narrowed-down to just a few. Meyers landfill was first on the list.

Additionally, Lake Tahoe Community College has approximately two acres of land which will receive government funding for a small recreational facility. And 30 acres at the end of Tahoe Paradise Park – which currently contains several small fields and a play area but lacks sufficient maintenance and operation funding – will be presented to voters as a possibility for future recreational improvements.

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