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GM’s Corner: Check out interactive community workshop in Incline Village

Steve Pinkerton
GM’s Corner

Interested in the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) providing land for a dog park? Or maybe a snow-play area in the wintertime? Or do you want us to focus on making sure we maintain or improve our existing amenities?

Whatever your thoughts, this Saturday, June 24, is your chance to have your voice heard.

We are hosting our second Interactive Community Workshop in connection with our Community Services Master Plan at 10 a.m. in the Incline Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way.

The workshop will include a brief introduction, a recap from the first interactive workshop held on Nov. 30, and an opportunity for you to give input at each of the IVGID recreation facilities and programs work stations. The workshop will conclude with light refreshments and raffle prizes.

Community Services is comprised of programs, activities and facilities within parks and recreation, beaches, tennis, ski, and golf.Free, on-site child care will be available and hosted by our Parks and Recreation Kids Zone Child Care staff.

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We encourage your participation. This is part of an 18-month process of master planning for the future of IVGID Community Services. Updating the master plan every 10-15 years is an industry best practice to determine what the community wants as a road map for maintaining, revitalizing, or expanding new or existing amenities to meet the needs of our community.

Community Services is comprised of programs, activities and facilities within parks and recreation, beaches, tennis, ski, and golf.

Free, on-site child care will be available and hosted by our Parks and Recreation Kids Zone Child Care staff.

Can't attend? Please feel free to share your ideas by emailing us at CSMP@IVGID.org.

And if you haven't already, please participate in the Community Services Master Plan Survey at the following link: bit.ly/ivgid2017.

Why are we doing this?

Periodically, we need to make sure that the mix of services we are providing to the community are consistent with the wants, needs, and desires of the community.

We know that our stakeholders preferences change over time, and we want to make sure we are keeping up with the times.

We certainly aren't interested in spending your resources in areas that are no longer desired by the community.

We also want to make sure we hear from all of our key stakeholders. We realize that many of you don't live here year-round, but spend lots of time enjoying our facilities when you are in town. If you are a local, see if you can't get your part-time neighbor to come with you to the event. If you don't see your neighbor until Fourth of July weekend, please encourage them to take the survey. Every opinion matters, as we figure out what our programs and facilities should provide over the next decade or more.

We have been very active over the past four years updating our master plans. We've already engaged the community in helping us update the master plans and studies for Diamond Peak, our beaches, golf courses, and tennis center. This process will focus on the rest of the great programs, activities, and facilities that we offer to the community.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at our master plans and studies, we have a webpage for that: https://www.yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/resources/master-plan

It provides links to both recent and older studies, which address our beaches, golf courses, ski area, and tennis center. It even includes a link to the last Recreation Facilities Master Plan, which was completed back in 2000.

Capital Planning

Many people also ask me how we ensure that our current facilities are maintained in a manner to ensure a long, useful life.

In fact, asset management is one of the key focuses of our district. We have an excellent staff dedicated to both the annual and long-term maintenance of our facilities. They have developed a very sophisticated process to make sure we maximize the life of assets including our rolling stock.

In the financial transparency section of our website, you can access our five-year capital project summary (https://www.yourtahoeplace.com/ivgid/financial-transparency/5-year-capital-project-summary).

You can review over 350 pages of detailed information on the district's plan to properly maintain its assets. We will be talking more about our asset management efforts in a future column.

Conclusion

Maintaining our assets and ensuring that our assets are programmed in a manner desired by the community is a central function of IVGID. We encourage all of you to attend this weekend and help make sure we program our assets in a manner consistent with the desires of the community.

Hope to see you all Saturday morning!

"GM's Corner" is a recurring column from IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who discusses issues and offers updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at sjp@ivgid.org.