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State Parks to take over Kings Beach Recreation Area management

Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun

Sierra Sun file photoA Kings Beach resident uses her resident access card to open the parking gate at the Kings Beach Recreation Area in 2007.

KINGS BEACH ” After nearly 30 years of operation, the North Tahoe Public Utility District will turn operations of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area back over to California State Parks.

The move will mean more State Parks officials on hand this summer to observe and learn about how beachgoers ” and their dogs ” use the area before the Jan. 1, 2010, hand-off.

“Our normal state park rules will be enforced,” said Pam Armas, Sierra District Superintendent of California State Parks. “Dogs must be maintained on a leash like all state parks, and we’re deciding whether or not dogs will be allowed on the beach area.”

Armas added that other parking fees will be collected, but the district has not decided what those fees will be yet.

Ultimately, the park is in need of American Disabilities Act improvements, but did not have the means to do so this year. The State Parks have more resources, said Armas, and could help fund those improvements.

Armas and the PUD will create a task force to negotiate the transition. That task force will also facilitate a public process so users of the recreation area can provide input on area management. Details of public meetings will be announced at a later date.

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“It is our hope to continue our long-term relationship with the state park system,” said Curtis Aaron, general manager of the North Tahoe PUD.

The recreation area, a 6-acre park bordering the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, was initially acquired by State Parks in March of 1974. Thousands of visitors and locals use the recreation area each summer.