SLT Parks and Rec Commission gets new chairman
Danny McLaughlin was named chairman of the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Commission on March 26. He has served on the commission for six years.
“My whole family participates in (sports),” McLaughlin said. “I am very involved in recreation up here and have been for a very long time.”
McLaughlin is the girls volleyball coach for George Whittell High School and coached track at South Tahoe High School for 10 years. He has also played and coached in various city leagues for the last 25 years, and through his softball team, Sports Concern, he puts on seven South Shore softball tournaments.
In addition, the meeting inducted two new members to the commission, Stephen Reinhard and John Thomaselli. Les Wright has served on it for 20 years.
The first meeting with the new commissioners gave an overview of activities in the community. The meeting focused on the progress on Measure S recreation projects, which include four new ball fields, an ice rink, improvements to Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District and maintenance money for bicycle trails- which the California Tahoe Conservancy will design and build.
“I would like to have the general public attend these meetings,” McLaughlin said.
He said it is important for the community to give input to the commissioners, so it can communicate the needs of the public to the staff.
The commission is also looking into forming a nonprofit organization to make it eligible for recreation grants the city otherwise would not be able receive.
“We have more usage of the fields than we ever had, but less money and personnel than we ever had,” McLaughlin said.
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