The NEW Regan Beach

Do you remember many, many moons ago we talked about the re-design of Regan Beach?  And we mentioned that residents could participate in a workshop to contribute ideas to the overall plans? Well it finally happened, one year later, the plans for the new Regan Beach have been revealed.

The city and a consulting company, Design Workshop, revealed their final concept design for Regan Beach during a public workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex.

The plan, while still in the conceptual phase, will maintain Regan Beach’s atmosphere as a locals’ beach while still welcoming tourists.

The concept adds 120 feet of beach and 434 feet of seating along the length of the park. The plan increases beach access, especially for people with disabilities.

According to the plan, aging infrastructure will be replaced, more picnic tables will be added and a new adventure area introduced. The concession stand and restrooms will be replaced, and a kayak/paddleboard launch will be added. A natural rock wall will replace the current retaining wall.

The proposed 70-foot rock jetty also separates Regan Beach’s dog water park on the west end from the rest of the area. The grass lawn would be reduced from 27,051 square feet of lawn to 21,000 square feet, but remain centrally located and adjacent to the proposed adventure park play area. The adventure park completely replaces current recreational amenities with a more contemporary design.

New adventure play area amenities could include a log scramble, swings, slides, rope and rock climbing, nets and expanded boardwalk. The current wedding/event lawn will remain where it is, but include new terraced seating facing the lake. Main beach parking will remain largely unchanged, other than reversing its location and losing one parking spot.

So when will all of these fabulous new upgrades begin to take shape?  According to the public works director, its going to be about an 18 month process. some serious rebuilding and funding need to happen before local Tahoe residents will see the upgrades to their local beach.

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SNOWGLOBE 2015 – EPIC

If you thought last year’s lineup was sick, then check out what Snow Globe has to offer in 2015! This festival is becoming one of epic proportions and it’s still in its infancy.b01beb1025349b4edc4aef97397a4831-960x683

Electronic music titans Diplo and Skrillex bring their collaborative project Jack Ü to headline this year’s SnowGlobe Music Festival, along with moombahton masterDillon Francis and Australian electronica musician Chet Faker. This year will be the 5th iteration of the South Lake Tahoe festival, which is the largest New Years’ music event in Northern California and now has a much stronger focus on electronic music.

Beyond the heavyweight acts, other noteworthy talents scheduled to perform this year include deep house producer Duke Dumont, Bay Area rapper E-40, Sydney-based DJ Alison Wonderland, plus former San Francisco resident and electronic music producer Lane 8. Also appearing on the docket are members of the Dirtybird crew: Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, and Justin Jay.

Advanced tickets for SnowGlobe are on sale now, with a three-day pass starting at $169 (or $199 with shuttle pass) and $379 for a 3-day VIP pass, which comes with a shuttle pass. Once advance tickets sell out, regular ticket prices jump to $189 for 3-day general admission and $449 for a 3-day VIP pass. There might be one ‘last chance’ wave of tickets available after regular tickets are sold, and that pricing is to be determined.

Backpacking Dick’s Pass

Adventure seekers, fun lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts! We just read about the most amazing hike, Dick’s Pass in Desolation Wilderness. Ideal for an overnight backpacking trip, the pass is just about 6 miles.

Check out what Adam Jensen, from the Tahoe Daily Tribune has to say about this extraordinary hike. Don’t want to make it an overnight trip? Book a room with us! stay in comfort with RnR vacation rentals and hike Dick’s Pass as a day trip!

Read on to hear about this trail with killer views!

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Photo Credit: Adam Jensen

The Factory Store are Getting a Make Over

South Lake Tahoe locals and regulars all know the “Y” really well. It’s a landmark of sorts. Realistically though, with only 50% occupancy how often is the “Y” a destination? well with some new plans in the works, the “y” is going to get a whole lot better. A large outdoor communal patio with a fire pit and event stage, new landscapes, and a complete exterior upgrade of retail buildings is planned; the area will be renamed Crossing at Tahoe Valley.

“We’ve met with the city several times and they are in support of it,” said Burke Fathy, managing partner of Sutter Capital Group. “We’re really excited to offer something new for the community and visitors.”

Sutter Capital Group acquired the property for an undisclosed amount just before the holidays in 2014, after noticing the potential the outdated property presents. It will be a multi-million dollar project.

According to a news release from Sutter, the former factory stores will undergo a comprehensive renovation, including new mountain-contemporary building facades, environmentally appropriate landscape design improvements, new elevated branding and signs, enhanced vehicular and pedestrian access, and the construction of a large communal outdoor patio with open seating areas, fire pit and an elevated event stage.

Part of the plan includes knocking out 4,000 square feet to build the patio and hook it into the existing bicycle path while complimenting the planned Tahoe Area Valley Plan.

The Tahoe Valley Greenbelt is part of that plan, including development of open space and bike/pedestrian paths. The area plan also allows the city approve the Crossing project without Tahoe Regional Planning Agency involvement.

For more information on the Tahoe Valley Area Plan, visit www.cityofslt.us/index.aspx?NID=734.