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IVGID GM’s Corner: What’s in store for Incline Beach?

Steve Pinkerton
GM’s Corner

Are you a beach-goer? Our studies show that nearly all of you come to the beach at least a couple of times every year.

Tonight (Thursday, Aug. 18) is your chance to be heard regarding potential improvements at Incline Beach.

We hope to see all of you at the Chateau at 5:30 p.m. for a Community Workshop to provide your input on the future of Incline Beach.

This interactive Workshop will be an opportunity to learn about the multiple design concepts for a new building at Incline Beach and provide feedback to the design team.

Design concept learning stations at the workshop will include:

Restrooms

Recommended Stories For You

Food Service

Building Layouts

Site Constraints and Opportunities

Site Enhancements

By participating at each learning station, you have a chance to win raffle prizes.

So why are we doing this?

A key role of IVGID is to ensure that all of our community assets are maintained and operated in a manner consistent with best practices, community desires and community values.

Every year, the IVGID Board and staff allocate funds to ensure that our assets are well maintained and updated and replaced when necessary.

As part of this process of continual capital investment, IVGID periodically develops comprehensive master plans consistent with the goals noted above.

Back in February, the Board of Trustees approved, via a unanimous vote, the IVGID Beaches Recreation Enhancement Opportunities Plan.

This plan was the culmination of two years of work to develop recommendations to guide future capital investment at Burnt Cedar, Incline, Ski, and Hermit Beaches.

The development of the Enhancement Plan included two public meetings, dozens of hours of site use observations, numerous interviews with operations staff and concessionaires, and extensive surveying that included an intercept survey of beach users (267 responses) and a mailed and on-line community survey sent to all property owners (2,149 responses).

Based on this comprehensive effort, the Enhancement Plan identifies numerous potential improvements to the facilities at the Beaches and their estimated costs. These include:

Improvement of entries and pedestrian access at all Beach properties to expedite the check-in process and enhance pedestrian safety.

Replacement of the restroom/concession building at Incline Beach to create a beachfront hospitality zone.

Replacement of the restroom building at Burnt Cedar Beach to improve use, increase the number of available fixtures, and replace aging infrastructure.

Enhancement of Burnt Cedar Pool House for improved concession operations.

Enhancement of Burnt Cedar Pool mechanical equipment for improved and more reliable operations.

Enhancement of the group and individual picnic/BBQ areas at all Beach properties with additional focus on the individual sites on the western side of Burnt Cedar Beach to improve customer experience and enhance use.

Enhancement of beachfront access and pedestrian activity at all Beach properties with focus on connectivity between the western site amenities and eastern beachfront areas at Burnt Cedar Beach to improve customer experience and enhance use.

Provision of non-motorized watercraft storage and a formal launching area on the western side of Burnt Cedar Beach, similar to operations at Hermit Beach.

Development of a consistent design aesthetic for all architectural and site finishes across all Beach properties including buildings, shelters, signage, landscape/retaining walls, curbs and walkways.

These recommendations are all subject to future vetting by the public, Board of Trustees and staff. This is simply a guide which outlines potential improvements that could be completed over the next ten to fifteen years.

Ultimately, the projects selected for implementation and the pace at which those projects are completed must be decided by the Board of Trustees with input from the property owners of Incline Village.

Of the improvements identified in the Plan, the project overwhelmingly identified by the community surveys as the top priority is the replacement of the restroom/concession building at Incline Beach.

Funds for design work and community workshops were set aside in the past two budget years.

This building is at the end of its useful life and many survey respondents would like the facility to be updated to incorporate best practices for food and beverage concessions and commercial kitchen design.

A new facility could also enhance the quality, size and number of restrooms available and provide restrooms capable of use during the winter as well.

A new facility could also enhance the overall customer experience at Incline Beach by including a shaded outdoor seating area, outdoor showers, and improved customer flow from the drop-off area and parking lots to the beachfront.

What improvements will be made, if any? It is up to you! Hope to see you this evening.

For more details on the project and to read the IVGID Beaches Recreation Enhancement Opportunities Plan, visit: http://www.ivgidbeachstudy.com.

"GM's Corner" is a recurring column from Incline Village General Improvement Distinct General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who will discuss issues and offer updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at steve_pinkerton@ivgid.org.