Kings Beach rec area transfers to California State Parks
Ryan Summerlin May 15, 2014
On May 15, California State Parks began operating and maintaining Kings Beach State Recreation Area (SRA) and boat launch. State Parks looks forward to working with the community, and bringing the department’s resources to Kings Beach.
In assuming operations of Kings Beach SRA, we see a unique opportunity to establish a shared vision and collaboration for excellence, as well as a direct connection between State Parks and the Kings Beach community that will add value to this park. Kings Beach will benefit from the park’s resources, such as law enforcement, natural and cultural resource management and protection, maintenance, and more.
The transition in management was expedited by the North Tahoe Public Utilities District (NTPUD) decision to cease operations and maintenance six months earlier than previously anticipated. State Parks is ready for day-to-day responsibility of the park. We believe visitors will not only see and experience a positive transition, but will benefit in various ways both in the short and long term.
In the short term, there will be no interruption of any services. Hours of operation will remain the same as before (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Day Use fees will remain at $10. State Parks will accept the day passes currently issued by NTPUD until further notice. In addition, we are working to establish a park pass that will benefit local residents and visitors. Kings Beach SRA and its parking lot will remain open and accessible year-round.
In the long term, we plan to begin assessment and execution of needed maintenance and accessibility projects around the park to ensure not just American Disability Act (ADA) compliance, but also to reach the goal of serving all visitors to the best of our abilities. Operations will be streamlined with the California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC) and their adjacent North Shore beach properties by the end of the year; and plans for improvements will begin for the pier and other facilities so that final upgrades are consistent with the Community Plan Updating Process, the Parks General Plan, and the needs of the local community.
Kings Beach is one of the most popular summer lakeside hubs along Lake Tahoe. The park is unique in that it has the feel of a community park, but with the appeal of a state park that is able to offer visitors diverse and high quality recreational opportunities.
State Parks initially acquired Kings Beach in 1974, and the NTPUD was at the helm of the operations for over 30 years. We thank the NTPUD for their service to the park and the community. We will be a good neighbor and we hope to continue working and collaborating under a new type of partnership to serve the public in a positive manner.
Now it is time to work together, so we can turn the vision of an innovative and exciting public space into a centerpiece to highlight Kings Beach.
Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.)
Director, California State Parks