SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The volunteer group behind the creation and construction of the Ski Run Community Park handled the design and fundraising for the park. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed in the fall.
To kick things off, a groundbreaking ceremony and block party will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fundraising goals are close to being met and some matching grant opportunities are available to take the project to the finish line.
South Tahoe Pay It Forward Project: $25,000 match. Thanks to John McDougall, a graduate of South Tahoe High and longtime local, any donation up to $250 will be matched. Donations can be made through the El Dorado Community Foundation.
Tahoe Fund – $75,000 match. Donations of any amount will be matched by the Tahoe Fund.
There are no parks within half a mile of the Ski Run Boulevard area in South Lake Tahoe. This means that the hundreds of children who live in the area have no safe place to play, run and explore.
The Friends of Ski Run have purchased the empty, fenced lot from the Safeway Company and are building the Ski Run Community Park, a brand new gathering place for children and families. The park will include an iconic play structure, climbing rock, plaza and mural wall, as well as a large community table. Local partners like SOS Outreach, Barton Health, Heavenly Mountain Resort and the League to Save Lake Tahoe will provide historical and environmental education signs, offer bilingual education workshops on exercise, health and nutrition, and help organize neighborhood clean-ups.
This is a community-led effort. From the beginning, Friends of Ski Run has strived to bring a fresh approach to park design by involving community members and partners throughout the process. Thirty-five children from Bijou Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club drew sketches of how they envisioned the park, and elements of these drawings were incorporated into the design of the park.