County, city look to develop South Shore recreation plan
South Shore residents and visitors could have more organized sports and recreation opportunities starting as early as 2014, at least if all goes according to plan.
The plan — devised jointly by El Dorado County and the city of South Lake Tahoe and dubbed the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan — will provide a blueprint for South Lake Tahoe for the next 10 years, City Councilmember Angela Swanson said. The county is soliciting proposals from consultants to prepare the master plan that will outline and asses the recreation opportunities available on the South Shore.
“It's really taking a look at return on investment and letting the government stabilize and draw in more organized recreation,” Swanson said. While the plan hasn't been drawn up yet, Swanson said early ideas revolve around bringing more organized sports like softball and soccer tournaments to the South Shore, expanding bike trails and increasing water sports opportunities. That means updating existing fields and resources as well as possibly building new ones.
One of the ideas on the table is a sports complex that would allow teams to play during the winter, offer other activities like indoor rock climbing and bring a high-altitude training facility to South Lake Tahoe. Nicknamed the “Bear Box,” the indoor field house would be built on or near the site of the existing ice arena and recreation center located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., according to Swanson.
At this stage the proposed Bear Box has neither a price tag nor a size estimate, but Swanson compared the complex to the $18 million field house in ...