(Tahoe Vista, Calif.) Tuesday, August 8, 2023 – The North Tahoe Public Utility District (NTPUD) proudly unveiled new public recreation and accessibility upgrades to the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area (TVRA) 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 (NTPUD) 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 (TOT) 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.”
The 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. The 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 www.ntpud.org.
The North Tahoe Public Utility District provides water, wastewater, and recreation service to the residents and visitors of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat, and Agate Bay. The District’s boundaries span from the Nevada state line in Crystal Bay to Dollar Hill. The District maintains several public beaches in North Lake Tahoe and owns and operates the North Tahoe Regional Park, the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, and the North Tahoe Event Center in downtown Kings Beach.
Photo: NTPUD and local agency leadership unveil the new Tahoe Vista Scenic Overlook on Monday, August 7, 2023. (Left-to-Right: Phil Thompson (NTPUD), Alex Mourelatos (NTPUD), Nathan Chorey (NTPUD), Jason Vasques (Conservancy), Adam Wilson (NTCA), Sarah Coolidge (NTPUD), Placer County District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson, Bradley Johnson (NTPUD), Amanda Oberacker (NTPUD), Tony Karwowski (NTCA), Danielle Hughes (NTPUD), Lindsay Romack (Placer County CEO’s Office), Sue Daniels (NTPUD).
Photo Credit: NTPUD
Photos: The new Lake Tahoe scenic overlook and plaza at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area was constructed by the North Tahoe Public Utility District and funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy, Placer County, and the North Tahoe Community Alliance.
Photo Credits: California Tahoe Conservancy