Tahoe Fund, Nevada State Parks secure funding to reimagine Spooner Lake State Park
A collaboration between Nevada State Parks, Nevada State Lands, and the Tahoe Fund will allow for the renovation and reimagination of the more than 35-year old facilities at Spooner Lake State Park, with construction to begin as soon as May.
According to a news release, the fundraising campaign, spearheaded by the Tahoe Fund to generate $300,000 in contributions from private donors for a new amphitheater, has been met, leveraging $2.9 million in public funding for Nevada State Parks to complete the park renovations.
The fundraising goal was met by a lead gift of $100,000 from the E.L. Cord Foundation and major gifts from six other local foundations and philanthropists.
“We are so grateful to the E.L. Cord Foundation and all of our donors for helping make this much-needed restoration possible,” said Amy Berry, CEO of the Tahoe Fund. “Once again we are seeing the power of philanthropy to improve the Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.”
The amphitheater will not only provide a place for high quality interpretive programming and community events, it will also act as the southern bookend to the planned Sand Harbor to Spooner Junction section of the new Tahoe East Shore Trail and a major portal for public access to more than 60 miles of paths and trails in 13,000 acres of non-motorized primitive wilderness.
“Spooner Lake Nevada State Park is the perfect setting for an interpretive center that will benefit both the local community and impress the many tourists from around the world who visit the Lake Tahoe basin every year,” said Bradley Crowell, Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Nevada State Parks has issued a bid package for project construction and hopes to select a contractor and begin construction as soon as May. The project is estimated to be completed by Fall 2021.
Project updates and details related to how visitors can navigate construction-related impacts will be available at parks.nv.gov/spooner.