California State Parks takes over ops at more North Tahoe properties |

California State Parks takes over ops at more North Tahoe properties

On Sunday, North Tahoe Beach in Kings Beach (across Highway 28 from Safeway) was crowded with people swimming, lounging on the beach, recreating on the lake and admiring the view. It's one of several North Tahoe properties where California State Parks recently began oversight.
Margaret Moran / | Sierra Sun

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — California State Parks has taken over operations at several California Tahoe Conservancy-owned beaches and parcels along the North Shore.

As of July 1, the state has been running North Tahoe Beach, Moon Dune Beach, Kings Beach Plaza, Coon Street Corner, Secline Beach, Sandy Beach, Sun and Sand Beach Easement and Steamers Beach.

“We are confident that state parks will provide the high level of service that beach users expect, and we are working to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible,” Patrick Wright, executive director of the Conservancy, said in a statement.

These properties will continue to offer the same amenities and hours of operations, according to a joint statement from the conservancy and state parks.

Included in the roughly $120,000 annual maintenance and operation cost — which the conservancy will cover — state parks will provide trash pickup, personnel, law enforcement and regular maintenance, said Victoria Ortiz, communications liaison for the conservancy.

“California State Parks is excited to bring our resources and expertise, and work with the California Tahoe Conservancy to continue to bring quality recreation and services to visitors to the Tahoe Basin,” Marilyn Linkem, Sierra District superintendent for state parks, said in a statement.

North Tahoe Public Utility District previously operated the sites on the conservancy’s behalf, a partnership that started in the early 1990s, Ortiz said.

“We thank NTPUD for their years of service at these important public parklands,” Wright said in a statement.

This transition is part of an agreement announced in March 2014 by the California Natural Resources Agency, state parks, and the conservancy to exchange and consolidate state-owned parkland in the Tahoe Basin.

“This is an effort to consolidate management of these public areas or state-owned lands to best utilize state resources,” Ortiz explained.

Part of that agreement included state parks taking over day-to-day operations of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area from NTPUD, which had managed the state-owned rec area since 1978.

While it was originally intended for that transition to occur Nov. 1, state parks took over May 15 after the NTPUD board decided to terminate operations due to a lack of parking revenue needed to meet its standards.

In the future, state parks is looking at making improvements at the rec area, such as ADA upgrades, with the conservancy funding a portion of work.

For management questions on these state-owned lands, contact state parks at 530-583-3075.

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