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TRPA to consider fake grass for ball fields

Gregory Crofton

Synthetic grass or regular turf?

That question is to be voted on Wednesday by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board at Kings Beach.

El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe officials have asked the agency for permission to construct one of three athletic fields off Al Tahoe Boulevard with synthetic grass. Officials say the fake grass will be more durable and require less maintenance than regular turf.

Staff at the TRPA is recommending a wait-and-see approach: allow construction of one field with synthetic grass, but treat it as covered land under the TRPA code until its impact on the environment can be determined.

If the agency issues the permit Wednesday, the synthetic field as well as a 156-space parking lot would be constructed this year, said Steve Weiss, South Lake Tahoe parks superintendent. The fields were promised as part of a $6.5 million recreation bond measure approved by El Dorado County voters in 2000.

Also at the meeting, TRPA staff will show how to navigate through its lengthy shorezone report, released for comment July 1. It presents four options for how the construction of buoys and piers could be regulated. The public has until Sept. 28 to comment on the report.

The TRPA has organized two public workshops scheduled next week regarding the shorezone report. The North Shore workshop is Aug. 2 at the Kings Beach North Tahoe Community Conference Center from 6 to 8 p.m. The South Shore workshop will be Aug. 3 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library from 9 to 11 a.m.

“It’s just an informational workshop to answer questions on how to find things in the document and how the document is different than the one in the past,” said Coleen Shade, a TRPA long-term planner. “We’re trying to get the new one out to more than just lakeshore property owners.”

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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