North Tahoe skate park effort goes grassroots
Efforts to get a skate park built in the North Tahoe Regional Park continue, but more community support is needed, officials say.
“We’re still at the beginning, working with the public utility district, have a spot picked out, raising money,” said Andrew Eisenmann, a member and leader with the League to Skate Lake Tahoe. “But we don’t know how much yet.”
Supporters of the skate park are working with the North Tahoe Public Utility District to be a part of the utility district’s master plan, which works with the community to prioritize and green light local projects. But recreation finances are limited, and the skate park has become more of a grassroots effort.
“It’s a great project, and the staff here are excited. But if it’s not a priority of the community, we can’t afford to spend the time or energy.” said North Tahoe Public Utility District Executive Assistant Pam Lefrancois. “If people want a skate park, get involved, get heard,”
The League to Skate Lake Tahoe is the strongest force behind the concept of building a skate park in Tahoe Vista. Right now, they are working hardest to get established as an incorporated organization.
“All I’m trying to do is set up our nonprofit to tell the community we’re serious and ready to build a park,” said Eisenmann.
A bigger park would bring in tourism and positively impact the community, said Eisenmann. Skateboarders would travel a long way to experience a new park that is diverse and includes everyone from children to 30-year-old skaters, he said.
“The great thing about the Regional Park is it’s with everything else, the hiking trails, tennis, and softball,” Eisenmann said. “It’s not just for skateboarders. People want a place to bring their kids.”
Both the League to Skate Lake Tahoe and the North Tahoe Public Utility District agree that public support, fundraising, and building a consensus remain the priorities. Right now the league is focusing their efforts on establishing their organization to raise money and increase awareness.
Eisenmann admits it is difficult right now to truly see any progress on the development of the park, but that public support can be more accurately gauged once the community events kick off.
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