Tahoe City ice rink project gets $300K boost in visitor-generated funding
Other funded projects
TOT is a charge added to the cost of a room — motel, hotel, condominium — paid by area visitors who stay fewer than 30 days. Below is a summary of the 10 other county-approved TOT-funded projects:
1. Truckee River Trail Restoration ($567,000): Funding will pay for the second year of a three-year project to reconstruct areas of the Truckee River Trail between 64-Acres Park in Tahoe City and the entrance to Squaw Valley.
2. Truckee River Access Trail Environmental Document ($500,000): Funding will go toward the preparation of an environmental document for a roughly 8-mile trail alignment that will connect the north end of the existing shared-use trail at Squaw Valley Road to the Placer County line near West River Street in Truckee.
3. Tahoe City Mobility Improvements Environmental Document ($300,000): Funding will pay for the study of three improvements to Tahoe City — trail connection between Commons Beach and Fanny Bridge, enhanced parking and pedestrian access to downtown, and pedestrian crossing facilities on Highway 28.
4. Squaw Valley Bike Trail and Staging Area Rehabilitation ($246,500): Funding will pay for the second year of a two-year project to rehabilitate asphalt surfaces of Squaw Valley Bike Trail and its staging area in Squaw Valley Park.
5. North Tahoe Shared-Use Trail Environmental Document ($150,000): Funding will go toward the assembly of an environmental document for a trail extension project that will connect the Cedar Flat neighborhood to the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
6. TART Bus Shelter ($65,000): Funds will pay for the construction of a Tahoe Area Regional Transit bus shelter on eastbound Highway 28 in Kings Beach east of Coon Street.
7. Water Trail Wayfinding Interpretive Signage ($25,000): Funding will ensure the production and development of signage at six public launch landing areas within North Lake Tahoe.
8. Martis Valley Trail Segments 1B-2, 3A and 3B Design and Construction ($25,000): Funding will help pay for a 10-foot wide paved multipurpose trail roughly 9 miles long, connecting Northstar Village with the town of Truckee and ultimately the Tahoe Basin.
9. Solar Powered Message Boards — Squaw/Alpine County Roads ($10,000): Funding will go toward a solar powered message board at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.
10. Historic Donner Summit Gateway Welcome Sign and Visitor Kiosk ($6,000): Funding will pay for the first phase of a two-phased project to install a welcome sign and self-serve kiosk near the Soda Springs exit off of Interstate 80.
Visit placer.ca.gov/tot to learn more about Transient Occupancy Tax.
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Public Utility District is $300,000 closer to setting up an ice skating rink in the center of town for the winter enjoyment of locals and visitors.
Two weeks ago, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved $2.2 million in eastern county transit occupancy tax (TOT) funding toward the ice rink and 10 other projects, all designed to improve North Lake Tahoe as a destination and a place to live.
“I love these projects and how they cover the entire region of eastern Placer County,” Jennifer Montgomery, District 5 supervisor, whose region includes Lake Tahoe, said in a statement. “I also love how the transit occupancy tax is returned back to the community in the form of preserving Tahoe’s natural beauty while creating new and exciting opportunities for all to enjoy.”
The TCPUD is looking at purchasing a portable 50-foot by 80-foot ice rink of modular construction, meaning it can be expanded in the future if desired.
The ice rink would be a seasonal amenity at the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, located in front of the 6th tee near the Tahoe City Golf Course Clubhouse and bocce courts, Bob Bolton, director of Parks and Recreation for the PUD, confirmed.
“TCPUD is very appreciative of the continued support the county has provided on the acquisition of the Tahoe City Golf Course and our efforts to maximize the facility’s year round use and value for the community and our visitors,” Bolton said. “… With the county’s approval of the $300,000, we are well on the way to making this recreational amenity … a reality. It is a very significant financial step.”
A rough preliminary estimate prices the rink and supporting equipment such as a Zamboni, pairs of ice skates and ice refrigeration between $400,000 to $500,000, said Kurt Althof, grants and community information administrator for the TCPUD..
However, additional project costs such as permitting, environmental study, and site modifications and supporting infrastructure remain unknown at this time, he said.
The district anticipates that even with the awarded TOT funding and a previously pledged $100,000 donation from an unnamed local, the funding gap will be significant.
In order to close the gap, TCPUD plans to submit a request for Placer County Park Dedication Fees, possibly hold a community fundraiser and utilize partnerships to help offset some costs.
“TCPUD is very optimistic it will successfully raise the remaining funds needed in time for the 2016-17 (winter) season,” Bolton said, which is when the district hopes to have the rink open.
Several next steps remain, including closing the final funding shortfall, the environmental process, engineering planning and design, permitting and infrastructure installation.
Shortly after the TCPUD — along with the county, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Truckee Tahoe Airport District — purchased the Tahoe City Golf Course in 2012, public feedback was collected on possible course amenities, with an ice rink being a popular addition.
Visit wintersportspark.com to learn more about the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park. Visit bit.ly/1pB36Mp to learn about the Tahoe City Golf Course.
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