South Tahoe 50th anniversary and bike park opening Saturday |

South Tahoe 50th anniversary and bike park opening Saturday

Sebastian Foltz
As part of the City of South Lake Tahoe’s 50th anniversary celebration, city officials held a community photo shoot at the Live at Lakeview Summer concert series Thursday, Aug. 27.
Courtesy / City of South Lake Tahoe |

50th Anniversary Schedule

10 a.m. — Parade

12:30 p.m. — Bike park ribbon cutting

1 p.m. — Bike park open to public

1:30 p.m. — SLT police kids bike rodeo

2 p.m. — Jump Jam

3:30 p.m. — BMX Race

All Day — Deep Blue Derby roller derby tournament

The City of South Lake Tahoe will host a 50th Anniversary Parade this Saturday, Sept. 19, commemorating 50 years as an incorporated city.

“We’ve been planning this for a while,” South Tahoe mayor Hal Cole said of the year-long effort. “There’s something like 100 entrants (for the parade) that really impressed me.”

Part of the celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Bijou Bike Park, a joint effort between the city and TAMBA — Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.

“It’s going to be really cool to have that many people there to showcase the park,” TAMBA president Ben Fish said.

The long awaited bike park will open to the public for the first time following the ceremony. The park is expected to be a strong asset to the area biking community and a centrally located regional draw attracting Reno, the Bay Area and even nationwide visitors.

“It’s really going to be world class,” Fish said.

City workers and TAMBA volunteers have been hard at work the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on the park.

The anniversary celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade starting at the “Y” and continue east on Highway 50. The procession will then make a right on to Al Tahoe Boulevard and finish at Bijou Community Park.

City officials redirected the original parade route in order to incorporate the park opening.

“I’m beyond excited about it,” Fish said. “To be able to have the city reverse the route of the parade is huge.”

After the parade ends the city will host a “Party in the Park” that will include bike-park events, food and other activities.

“The whole city realized this is a time to celebrate,” Cole said of the inspiration for the event, adding that South Lake Tahoe has grown tremendously since its incorporation.

“It used to be tiny pockets (of population),” Cole, a long-time Tahoe resident, said of the city’s different districts.

City officials are cautioning residents and visitors to expect traffic delays because of the parade. The two westbound lanes of Highway 50 from Stateline to the “Y” will remain open. The two eastbound lanes will be closed from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with a “rolling lane” staring at 10:30. The procession is expected to turn on to Al Tahoe Blvd. between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Officials suggest eastbound motorists consider utilizing the Pioneer Trail during and immediately following the parade.

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