Opinion: Incline Village is at a costly crossroads
September 14, 2016
In 1961, Incline Village was being developed by Crystal Bay Development Company including construction of its infrastructure: roads, utilities, sewer and the like.
It wasn't until 1965 that Washoe County amended IVGID's enabling ordinance to add recreational facilities to its responsibilities including the purchase of the beach properties.
In 1976, IVGID purchased the Championship Golf Course, the Executive Golf Course (Mountain Course) and Ski Incline (Diamond Peak) from Japan Golf.
Meanwhile, in the early 1970s. IVGID built the two concession/bathroom facilities at Burnt Cedar Beach and Incline Beach. Also, the Mountain Golf Course clubhouse was built, and a year or two later the Tennis Complex was completed.
“Do we proceed with the needed upgrades/replacements and have Incline Village continue to be a residential community, or do we continue building on a grander scale, making Incline Village a tourist mecca?”
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So by 1980, IVGID had a well-developed recreational facility, with the exception of a much desired rec center with an indoor pool and the like. This center was eventually built in 1992.
So this gives an overview of the evolution of our major recreational facilities, not taking into account Aspen Grove, and various fields for ball games, the skate park, etc.
Over the years, it has been necessary to upgrade these facilities. In 2000, the new Burnt Cedar Pavilion was completed. In 2004, the new Chateau was opened and the newly renovated golf course finished in 2005.
In 2010, the existing ticket booth and administration area was demolished and rebuilt with what is now a ski services building.
Throughout this time, there has also been efforts and dollars spent on doing relatively minor upgrades and maintenance on the other structures and facilities.
Now Incline Village is at a crossroads. We are faced with the need to upgrade or replace some of the early structures that have reached their design life.
We will certainly need to replace some of these buildings and upgrade others. In evaluating these areas, several studies have been done.
Let's look at some of the studies awarded in the past few years:
2012 Diamond Peak Master Plan: $180,000 has been spent on the overall study, with the approval to spend an additional $400,00 to $500,000 for the permitting stage.
2014 Beach Master Plan Study: $50,000 has been spent on the study for the Beach Master Plan, with an overall expenditure of approximately $6.5M if the whole plan is implemented. At this point, $221,800 has been awarded for the architectural work for replacing the existing concession/bathroom building, which needs to be enlarged from 1,300 square feet to what is appropriate to handle the needs of the traffic at the beach. The anticipated cost for the building is approximately $2.5M, depending on how elaborate the building would be.
2014 Mountain Golf Course Study: $50,000 has been spent on the study for the clubhouse and support facilities. It has been determined the building does not meet ADA standards and is basically "at risk." The study estimated a cost of $3M would be necessary for a new clubhouse with support facilities, or $1.7M for only the clubhouse.
2014 Tennis Complex Study: $35,000 has been spent on the study with $20,000 approved in the budget for a contract to an architectural firm for renderings of upgrades or a new building.
2016 New Incline Village Master Plan: $200,000 was awarded to study and prioritize what Incline Village residents want and need for their community.
So being at a crossroad we need to decide what our objectives are. Do we proceed with the needed upgrades/replacements and have Incline Village continue to be a residential community, or do we continue building on a grander scale, making Incline Village a tourist mecca?
Jane Bekowich is an Incline Village resident.