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Tahoe City’s Lakeside Trail completion hinges on $4.3 million grant

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Creating a quality trail is all about connecting the gaps.

Itand#8217;s the reasoning behind the final proposed portion of the Lakeside Trail, a half-mile stretch that would finish the path that pushes outward from Grove Street, skirts Lake Tahoe and finishes inside the Tahoe State Recreation Area.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District, which is coordinating the project, estimates the addition will cost $4.3 million, with a total trail cost of $12.9 million that includes the first four phases already finished.

and#8220;We have approval and weand#8217;re just looking for the additional funding to complete the last section of it,and#8221; said Cindy Gustafson, TCPUD general manager.

TCPUD applied earlier this year to the California Tahoe Conservancy for a $4.3 million grant.

Lisa Oand#8217;Daly, public access and recreation program coordinator for the conservancy, said the organization is seriously considering the Lakeside Trail project.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re one of the financial supporters and some of their biggest fans,and#8221; Oand#8217;Daly said. and#8220;We hope that if funding is available, we will recommend the award of construction funding to the TCPUD to our board in March.and#8221;

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency supports the trail, citing the impact it will have on the community.

and#8220;We need to make sure recreation opportunities are out there,and#8221; said TRPA Spokesman Dennis Oliver. and#8220;Trail connections are important, access to the shoreline is important, and anything that enhances a positive recreation experience.and#8221;

If funding allows, construction would begin next summer, Gustafson said.