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Kings Beach rec area overhaul subject of Sept. 1, 7 meetings

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The California Department of Parks and Recreation and California Tahoe Conservancy are collaborating to plan for the future of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

The agencies are seeking public input on potential redevelopment plans at the Kings Beach site, including to the public pier on Lake Tahoe.

The recreation area includes the main beach accessed by the public, located between Deer Street and Coon Street. The general plan boundary encompasses about 14 acres and over 1,000 feet of the Lake Tahoe shoreline.

In December 2015, State Parks in partnership with the Conservancy initiated a revision to the Kings Beach General Plan and proposed a pier reconstruction project at the site.

Three project alternatives are being looked at, which are described below, according to State Parks:

Eastern Pier Alternative: Minimizes conflicts between different activities by aligning the promenade along State Route 28 around picnic areas and creating a single boat access location.

Central Pier Alternative: Emphasizes the central location of the pier and includes an entry plaza that connects the pier and beach to downtown Kings Beach.

Western Pier Alternative: Spreads visitor use throughout the entire park by locating amenities in areas that receive less use.

Visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/plankbsra for detailed maps of the alternatives and other information about the project.

Two public workshops on the project have been scheduled to receive input on the alternatives:

Thursday, Sept. 1, 6 -8:30 p.m., North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, hosted by State Parks and the Conservancy.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m., Community House, 265 Bear St., Kings Beach, hosted by the Latino Leadership Committee.

The workshops will consist of an open house with information stations, along with an opportunity for the public to review and comment on alternatives being considered.

According to State Parks, comments, suggestions and additional ideas related to features of the alternatives will help the planning team craft the preferred alternative, which will be presented at a third public workshop this fall.

Residents can also take part in a survey, available at bit.ly/2c6zLTG, which will expire after Sept. 12.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive notification of future workshops, public meetings and other updates, contact Project Lead Marilyn Linkem at Plan.General@parks.ca.gov or 530-525-9523.


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