Tahoe Vista recreation area receives grant | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Vista recreation area receives grant

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

TAHOE VISTA ” The California State Boating and Waterways Commission approved a $300,000 grant recently toward Phase 2 of the Tahoe Vista recreation area, which will include parking for the lakeside amenities.

The funding, which is a portion of the estimated $1.732 million projected cost for the parking area and associated infrastructure, is intended to finance the completion of permitting, construction drawings and documents.

To date, $7.4 million has been spent for land acquisition, planning and design, permitting and construction of the lakeside portion. The Department of Boating and Waterways previously provided $1,199 in grant funding.

Phase 2 will include 21 boat trailer spaces, 42 auto spaces, grading for a 2,200-square-foot concession building and restroom, stormwater facilities, eight-foot-wide bike trail, bicycle rack, westbound bus pullout and shelter, parking management facilities and landscaping.

“The district is pleased with this grant funding, which will allow us to finalize the planning and permitting process so that we can aggressively seek grants to complete the parking for this project,” said S. Lane Lewis, President of the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors. “The district looks forward to further financial support from the Department of Boating and Waterways to complete this project.”

During the project’s original design process in 2004, the district was informed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency that only limited handicapped parking and short term parking would be allowed on the lakeside. The lakeside portion of the project was approved with the understanding that parking would be built to support the parking needs of the boat launch facility.

The district will continue to seek additional grant funding in order to have funding secured to complete Phase 2 during the 2010 construction season.

Other funding partners include the California Tahoe Conservancy, Placer County, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the North Tahoe Public Utility District.