2013 Archives

South Lake Tahoe Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan

Spring 2013

El Dorado County and the City of South Lake Tahoe have joined forces to create a new Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan for the South Shore. This plan will identify community needs and create strategies for improving recreation opportunities for residents and visitors by enhancing parks, recreation facilities, trails, events and programs.

The Master Plan will take about a year to develop to ensure that it:

  • Reflects the needs and priorities of this community;
  • Includes strategies to protect ecological resources and reduce environmental impacts;
  • Supports the economic vitality of the South Shore; and
  • Enhances recreation opportunities to support a high quality of life.

A Master Plan Advisory Committee, with representatives from the City, County, and key recreation, environmental, community and economic experts, is providing guidance for the planning effort.

Community Priorities
Over the last five months, we’ve been collecting community feedback through several different outreach forums. More than 1,250 people have participated in the planning process already! Use the following links to download summary reports from two major outreach efforts.

Parks and Recreation Community Survey (PARCS): View a summary of the results (PDF) from the PARCS survey distributed by mail to a random sample of respondents.

Online Questionnaire: View a summary of the results (PDF) from the online questionnaire that was available late summer and early fall on City and County websites. The questionnaire was open to anyone willing to share their insights and priorities.

Future Opportunities for Involvement
Community outreach and participation are critical to the success of the Master Plan.

Parks, Recreation and Tourism in the South Shore 

The City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, and Douglas County are hosting two community workshops on December 11-12, 2013. You are invited to help define a vision for parks, recreation, trails, events and programs in the South Shore area, recognizing the role that outdoor recreation plays in enhancing tourism and the local economy.


Feedback from these workshops will be used to develop recommendations in two recreation planning efforts in the South Shore:

Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan (South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County)
Tahoe Basin Recreation and Tourism Plan (Douglas County)

Each Vision Roundtable will include:

  • A short PowerPoint presentation on the region’s park and recreation resources.
  • Small group discussions on the strategies and actions needed to improve recreation opportunities in the area for residents and tourists.
  • A large group discussion of the community’s vision for recreation in the future and the role it should play in enhancing economic vitality.

For more information, call El Dorado County Parks Division at (530) 621-5360.