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Tahoe Paradise Park celebrates 50 years

Jack Barnwell
Priscilla McDermott (left) has her face painted by South Tahoe cheerleader Priscilla Ramos during the Tahoe Paradise Park's 50th anniversary celebration in Meyers on Saturday.
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Music, vendors and activities galore cemented the 50th anniversary celebration of the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District event on Saturday.

Hundreds of people streamed out of Tahoe Paradise Park throughout the day to browse through vendor booths, enjoy the park and live music.

Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District was created in 1965 and serves an area over 10 square miles. Much of its revenue comes from wedding events, grants and $50,000 a year in revenue from Measures S and R.

Live music, coordinated by On Course Events, included performances by bands such as Outpatient and Guests, Deep Fryed Mojo and Strange Weather.

Veterans’ organizations, the Marine Corps League and the Lake Valley Fire Protection District were on hand. Other activities included face-painting by South Tahoe Cheer and a car show.

Zao Reid, part of the Tahoe Paradise events committee, said the turnout was great. She added that it commemorated the fact that people approved the formation of the park district 50 years ago and its continued operation.

“I think it says a lot about the community that we’ve lasted 50 years,” Reid said.

Tahoe Paradise is in a period of transition, including its search for a new on-site coordinator after the district board dismissed park manager Steve Dunn in May.

Reid said while the future of Tahoe Paradise will be up to the board, she said she has her desire to see it remain a relatively open space.

“As a private citizen I would like to see it remain pretty much like it is, make the playground a little safer,” Reid said. She said it would make sense given the direction the community appeared to be heading.

“We’ve noticed families are moving back into Meyers and we’re really happy about that because it means more kids will be using the park,” Reid said.

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