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Surveys indicate general satisfaction with IVGID beaches

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

By the numbers

59.5%: would “absolutely” recommend IVGID beaches to their family, friends and colleagues

48.2%: prefer Incline Beach to Ski and Burnt Cedar beaches

3.35: number of hours spent at any given IVGID beach per day

Source: IVGID. Figures are an average of all surveys conducted, including mail-in, online and on-site.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With their proximity to Lake Tahoe and access to scenery and fun, it would appear Incline Village residents are relatively happy with their beaches.

That is not to say there isn’t room for improvement, however, according to survey results recently released by Incline Village General Improvement District officials.

From July to August, district staff conducted weekday surveys in person at Incline, Burnt Cedar and Ski beaches. In total, 267 surveys were completed, and 248 of the respondents were beach pass holders.

Another 8,193 surveys were mailed to parcel owners and tenants with beach access. To date 1,990 people returned their mailed surveys, while another 159 completed the survey online.

The survey, which was prompted by suggestions from Incline residents, was conducted so IVGID officials could garner ideas to improve the beachgoer experience while maintaining an image consistent with the community.

“We felt it was important to really analyze the properties, analyze the use and then get input from the people out at these facilities to understand what is the best fit for these properties,” said Brad Johnson, IVGID public works engineering manager.

Johnson noted it was important the survey be distributed during the summer months while many beach users and residents were in the area and would have a higher likelihood of contributing.

“We didn’t want to run (the survey) in February when a significant number of these users aren’t in town,” he said.

BEST MEET THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS

The last time IVGID conducted a similar beach survey was in 1970, Johnson said.

Officials at that time concluded there would not be enough beachfront property to meet demands for desired beach activities when Incline meets its full development.

“There is not a building and construction solution for the number of folks who enjoy these properties,” Johnson said. “We knew that 40-plus years ago.”

Based on that premise, Johnson said the plan moving forward would have to focus on “optimum compatible use and preservation of the natural environment.”

“It’s about how do we best meet the needs while keeping it within the character of those properties, understanding the natural environment, melding the built environment and then maintaining the use remains compatible,” Johnson said.

This summer’s survey results indicate an overall satisfaction with beach facilities, with a majority of participants stating they recommend the beaches to family friends and colleagues.

Results indicate a majority of desired improvements and additions focus on improving beach entries, parking and access, as well as replacing restroom and concession buildings.

“The importance of new amenities and services at each beach was similar to respondent preferences overall, with improved restrooms, improved snack bar/café/restaurant, and music events consistently the top three rated items,” according to a report on the surveys and beach facilities, which Johnson presented during a meeting last week before the IVGID Board of Trustees.

WHAT’S NEXT

Other amenities homeowners and residents desire include additional picnic and barbecue areas, improved bar service, umbrella rentals and upgraed playground facilities.

“This is really about opportunities,” Johnson said. “If this community decides that we want to invest in these properties, this is a roadmap for how to most effectively invest, but that decision to invest and when to invest is really going to be a community conversation.”

IVGID partnered with Design Workshop as lead contractor and Bay Area architecture firm Bull Stockewell Allen to analyze existing building functionality. IVGID has worked with both firms on past projects.

Chuck Nozicka, of the Sacramento-based Chuck Nozicka Consulting firm, assisted IVGID in crafting the survey questions.

With the public’s feedback provided, IVGID will now work on incorporating all of the input into a formal report, which, once finished, will be presented for public and trustee review, comment and feedback.

The feedback will be incorporated into a final report for trustee adoption, expected to be presented either in late fall 2015 or early winter 2016.

Visit bit.ly/1Jk28a1 to read the full report and learn more about how you can offer feedback on the district’s beaches.