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The future of Tahoe City Recreation

Layne Van Noy
Special to the Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; What does the future have in store for Parks and Recreation services in the Tahoe City area? Looking at the trends and trying to anticipate the programming and facility needs of our community must be weighed against several factors. These factors are demographics, environment, technology, economics and government.

Demographics

Different population groups have different needs and demands. Generally speaking future behavior is influenced by past behavior. However, a 50-year-old resident of Tahoe today will not have the same characteristics of a resident 50 years from now, simply because societal changes, improved fitness, retirement age and social perspectives will be different. The Tahoe City market is a moving target with seasonal residents, full time families and day visitors coming and going. Nevertheless we feel that we are offering and will continue to offer a broad base selection of programs and activities for all our customers.

Environment

Interest in the environment is increasing. Consequently, there is a growing awareness and role that people are taking in preservation, conservation and protection. Trends show participation in outdoor recreation continues to grow and users want a blend of natural resources with minimal alterations yet allowing full access. At the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation we are currently working on developing a dog park behind Conners field, which by the way is a national trend. In addition, bike trail development continues as the next sections to be completed are the Homewood section and the Tahoe City Marina area.

Technology

Electronic innovations have created interactive opportunities for recreation. This technology increases and diversifies our recreational activities, which requires that traditional programs and facilities improve their quality in order to remain competitive with these non-traditional activities. We recently switched over to a registration system that allows customers to check program availability and register online. We are also embarking on the social networking phenomenon and have a Twitter site to update our customers in real time.

Economics

There is becoming an increasing split between those that have access to recreation and those that donand#8217;t. There is a pattern when competing for recreation dollars and peoples time; the emphasis is on value and diversity of choice on recreation activities. The current strategy is to develop leisure programs for both groups. At the Tahoe City PUD we offer programs that cost up to $235 per person and we offer several special events at no cost. We also offer a scholarship program that is open to anyone that qualifies.

Government

There always has been and will continue to be fiscal pressure on recreation programs and facilities. Recreation is becoming more of a consumer market between public, private and non-profit groups, which will make subsidizing programs and building new facilities more difficult to justify in the future.

As we look at these national trends and compare them locally, we strive to meet the needs of all our local customers while being fiscally responsible to our tax payers.

If there are any services, activities or facilities that you would like to see offered, please contact us at your soonest convenience. The Parks and Recreation Office is at Rideout Community Center, 583-3440 ext. 10, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City or visit us at http://www.tahoecitypud.com and check out what weand#8217;re doing to enhance your community.

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