Tahoe City’s Rideout gets commercial kitchen, open for event bookings

Special to the Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — On any given day, walk into the Rideout Community Center and glimpse into the world of the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department and what they provide for the community. Stop by in the morning, and staff will likely be in their offices working on the next upcoming special event or recreation program. At the same time, there might be a homeowner’s association meeting taking place, or someone getting in a little exercise in the fitness studio or on the walking track.

In the afternoon, perhaps one of the 120+ children enrolled in the after-school program will greet you. They might be busy building model rockets, performing short plays or participating in an after-school enrichment program at Rideout Community Center. At the same time, the gym might be bustling with active kids, basketballs or lacrosse sticks.

The evening is filled with active adults participating in indoor soccer, basketball and volleyball. These are just a few of the programs that take place year round at Rideout Community Center and new activities are being added monthly.

About Rideout Community Center

Rideout Elementary School was constructed in the early 1970s and was home to many fourth and fifth graders throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Since then the building has had a few different tenants leading up to when the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department leased the building from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and re-opened the facility as Rideout Community Center.

Turning the 40-year-old building into the go-to place for the community and residents had its challenges. A major overall was completed, turning old classrooms into meeting locations; the library into a gathering place and cubby room full of toys for toddlers; the multi-purpose stage area into a fitness room for an alternative place to break a sweat.

With the help of the community, donations, and many volunteer hours, the old elementary school was transformed into Rideout Community Center and the home of the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department.

What’s new at Rideout

Recently, the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department completely resurfaced the gymnasium floor with a state-of-the-art surface that will make court time enjoyable and safer. Now, the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department is excited to unveil the newest community amenity. Thanks to the generous support of Melanie Jackson and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe, the Harris family and the Gary Davis Group, there is a newly remodeled commercial kitchen at Rideout Community Center. The kitchen remodel included everything you would see behind the scenes at a fine dining restaurant.

These two major changes at Rideout turned the multipurpose room into an ideal location for your next event. Whether you are looking to host a small event for family and friends, or a large fundraising event, Rideout is the place. Rental rates are very competitive and the staff will go above and beyond to meet your needs.

If you would like more information on the event or Rideout Community Center contact the Recreation Department at 530-583-3440.

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