North Tahoe PUD unveils new scenic overlook, recreation enhancements at Tahoe Vista Recreation Area
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. – The North Tahoe Public Utility District unveiled new public recreation and accessibility upgrades to the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area this week.
Enhancements include reconstruction of the Lake Tahoe scenic overlook and pathway to improve access for recreational users with disabilities, environmental improvements to stabilize the site and prevent erosion, and installation of community kayak and paddleboard storage racks.
“As we continue to celebrate 75 years of service to our community, reinvestment in our public recreation facilities remains a top priority,” said Sarah Coolidge, NTPUD Board President. “Projects such as this help ensure that our community will have access to Lake Tahoe for generations to come.”
The Tahoe Vista Scenic Overlook and Trail project was funded by the Placer County Tourism Master Plan Grant Program (which reinvests transient occupancy tax in Eastern Placer County and is administered by the North Tahoe Community Alliance), the California Tahoe Conservancy Lake Tahoe Public Access and Outdoor Recreation for All Grant Program, and the NTPUD Recreation Capital Improvement Plan.
“The North Tahoe PUD has a long history of success implementing infrastructure projects that serve our residents and visitors,” added Cindy Gustafson, Placer County District 5 Supervisor. “It is great to see this project come together with support from multiple agencies, all helping to restore this incredible location.”
TVRA is the NTPUD’s primary lakefront recreation facility. The site provides the public with year-round safe and convenient access to Lake Tahoe to swim, fish, kayak, and paddleboard, launch and retrieve motorized vessels, and recreate. TVRA also serves as a Lake Tahoe Water Trail trailhead, providing a sheltered site to launch non-motorized vessels, with parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking water.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience Lake Tahoe,” said California Tahoe Conservancy Board Executive Director, Jason Vasques. “And now, with this new accessible pathway and a space for community watercraft storage, the NTPUD has ensured that anyone can enjoy this beautiful spot here in Tahoe Vista.”
Since 2000, the NTPUD has completed a series of improvements that have modernized the TVRA and enhanced the public’s experience at Lake Tahoe. Site improvements in 2006, funded by a $1.4 million grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy grant, included new public restrooms, bike racks, a plaza with interpretive displays, an improved boat launch, and reconfigured lakeside parking with storm water treatment.
In 2012, the NTPUD also utilized Placer County Tourism Master Plan grant funding, alongside a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways, to construct an adjacent parking lot on National Avenue that added 65 parking and trailer spaces along with a bus pullout, a transportation shelter, and additional landscaping.
More information about the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and all of the NTPUD’s Recreation, Parks, and Facilities can be found online at http://www.ntpud.org.
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