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Tahoe City's Commons Beach Now Restored and Open for Use

TitleTahoe City's Commons Beach Now Restored and Open for Use
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-10-06
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 39 - Commons Beach Restoration Project (Air Date: 10/28/03). Improvements to Tahoe City's Commons Beach area include making it compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and preventing soil erosion.
SubjectBeaches -- California -- Tahoe City
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 39 "Commons Beach Restoration Project" Air Date:10/28/03 Anchor intro: If you ask any Tahoe City native what their favorite beach is, the Common's Beach in Tahoe City is probably last on their list. For many years, the public beach there has been a little-used and quite frankly neglected piece of lakefront property. But that will soon change when the newly restored Commons Beach opens to the public this week. Shelly Purdy has more in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Track 1)) Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the new "Jewel of Tahoe City" …Commons Beach. The transformation of this public park has been truly remarkable. And it's all been done with the health of Lake Tahoe in mind. The once badly eroding hillside above the park has been stabilized with decorative rock retaining walls, new walkways with ADA access have been built, and ground stabilizing trees and shrubs have been planted. ((sot @ 13:40, Robert Lourey, Tahoe City Public Utility District)) "There's also a little over 6, 000 plantings and plants that have been placed on the slope areas that as they thrive they will also protect the erosion from the steep slope down to the lake." ((Track 2)) …and that's not all. ((S/U @ 15:48, Shelly Purdy)) "This little area right here may not look like much, but actually underneath this grate and these three manholes is a state of the art water filtration system that's going to take out sand, sediment even oils from stormwater before it enters into the lake." ((Track 3)) But these water quality improvements are not what visitors to Commons Beach will appreciate the most. There is a new lakeside bike path, a fabulous kids playground complete with a climbing wall and finger park where kids can play with their match-box cars and GI joes, a new sand beach, picnic area, and of course breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 11:30)) "It now looks like a public beach that they can see when they come to town. And this is I think going to be the jewel of Tahoe City." ((Track 4)) With the lake tahoe education coalition, I'm shelly purdy for kolo nc8. Anchor Tag: The grand opening party for Commons Beach will be held this Friday, October 31st. An interesting fact about Commons Beach - the land where the park is located was donated to the people of Tahoe City by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.

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