The Community Playfields Expansion Project is planned to begin around June 1, 2016 and includes construction of two new playfields through a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) between the City of South Lake Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Community College. The demand for fields exceeds the current need. This project will enhance the recreation experience for residents and visitors through the addition of two new fields. Revenue that comes into the JPA from events and tournaments will be used for maintenance and operations.
City Council awarded a construction contract at the May 17, 2016 City Council meeting in the amount of $338,409 to local company Burdick Excavation Co. Inc. to begin construction of the playfield expansion project. Local business, Ed Cook Tree Service, is subcontracted to remove the trees. The two new playfields span both City and College property so the City has been involved on a weekly basis coordinating this project throughout the Planning and Design.
Using the City’s in-house talent, Project Manager, Chuck Taylor worked closely with Engineering Technician, Randy Carlson, to bring the design from a concept plan to fully engineered construction drawings and specifications. The fields are configured side by side and are FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) standard natural grass soccer fields to meet the requirements for competitive college soccer and to serve multi-sports and play activities.
The City's project will be built in two phases. The first phase will include site clearing; grading and storm water BMPs and an ADA path will be built this summer. The second phase is scheduled for spring of 2017 and will include installation of the irrigation system, sod, and utility connections. The Project includes a sidewalk connecting the new grass fields with the existing Community Playfields parking lot to meet accessibility requirements. The existing 150-space lighted parking lot near the existing concession/restroom facility was built with the construction of the first field and has the capacity to serve all three playfields. For more information, visit the City’s website at www.cityofslt.us