Recreation Master Plan draft presented to supervisors |

Recreation Master Plan draft presented to supervisors

The South Shore area is world renown as a recreation wonderland, but not as far as local residents are concerned. When it comes to adult and youth sports facilities for activities such as adult softball, Little League and soccer, the area leaves a lot to be desired.

That should soon change. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday witnessed a presentation on the progress of the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Master Plan – a series of projects that would provide as many as six new or revamped recreation parcels in the South Shore/Meyers/Tahoe Paradise areas. El Dorado County Parks and Recreation Manager Craven Alcott and consultant Dennis Crabb reported Tuesday that significant progress has been made on four projects connected to the Plan.

Crabb confirmed on Tuesday that State Rep. John Doolittle and Sen. Dianne Feinstein have agreed to carry an appropriation bill to Congress, earmarking $1.5 million for cleanup and an additional $1.5 million for construction at the old Meyers Dump site. The 160-acre parcel, near the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Country Club Drive, would include four multi-use ball fields and other amenities, such as rest room facilities and storage sheds.

All told, funding for the new projects would be in the range of $17 million.

“That sounds like a gigantic figure,” said Alcott. “But much of it is accounted for. Working together, we can make this happen.”

In addition, Lake Tahoe Community College has received state funding to construct a field house at the proposed recreation area adjacent to the college campus, on Al Tahoe Boulevard. Already approved on that site is the construction of two ball fields.

Also, a 30-acre parcel of Santini-Burton land in Tahoe Paradise on the west end of Lake Baron is set to be developed as a recreation site.

Also down the road is proposed development of a 16-acre site adjacent to the Caltrans snow dump at the end of Sierra Boulevard, which would accommodate multi-use ball fields and three basketball courts.

“We’re moving ahead quite rapidly,” said Crabb. “I would be very surprised if we did not have a significant portion of the $17 million committed by the end of July.”

Another priority in the Master Plan is a new bike trail system, which would incorporate portions of existing trail, placed away from U.S. Highway 50. The Tahoe Conservancy has indicated that they will fund that project.

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