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North Shore can ask for rec opportunities

North Shore residents will have a final chance to share what types of recreation they would like to see at an upcoming North Tahoe Public Utility District workshop.

The district, which covers the communities from Dollar Hill to the state line on the North Shore, will hold its second and last public workshop today at 6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach to finalize the district’s Recreation and Parks Master Plan.

The master plan will express the recreational priorities of the community and a timeline for projects, said Pam Lefrancois, executive assistant of the utility district.

Because the recreation budget is limited, almost all the capital projects require grant money, said Lefrancois. The $430,000 recreation budget also pays for operation, maintenance, and employee salaries.

The district recently received $965,000 in grant funding for the all-weather soccer field to go in the North Tahoe Regional Park, which is in the permit process.

Determining the priorities of the community will help determine who can help fund the district’s recreation, including grants and revenue from parking or usage fees.

The district is working to get public input from all demographics, including locals, tourists and second homeowners. Consultants are gathering the information via workshops, surveys and outreach through this month’s utility bill, said John Bergmann, a board member for the utility district.

The first community workshop was held in June, when people brainstormed ideas for the North Tahoe recreation community, including outdoor and indoor facility priorities, as well as park and recreation programs such as concerts and children’s camps. Tonight’s meeting will follow up on these issues, and provide opportunity for further input.

“Essentially, what’s important to the community is what we’re [hoping to do] with the [Recreation and Parks] Master Plan,” said Bergmann.

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