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Van Sickle Bi-State Park


Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Van Sickle Interpretive Signage

Total Cost: $5 million | Unfunded Need: $25,000

An opportunity to connect individuals to their surroundings through interpretation exists at the Van Sickle Bi-State Park located within the Basin’s largest urban area, South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Fund is looking for donations totaling $25,000 to implement an interpretive program at the historic Van Sickle Equestrian Complex.  This educational program would be geared towards facilitating Park use, enjoyment, and protection of one of Tahoe’s most important historic resources.

Projects that make a Difference

Van Sickle Bi-State Park represents a long-held vision and partnership between the states of California and Nevada and a regionally significant recreational opportunity at Lake Tahoe. When the Van Sickle family donated 542 acres to the Nevada Division of State Parks in 1989 to create a new park, the Nevada Division of State Parks (NDSP) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation envisioned acquisition of the adjacent 156 acres on the California side to develop the nation’s first bi-state park. In 2001, the California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC) purchased the California property to bring this concept to fruition.

How your Gift will benefit Lake Tahoe

One of the park’s key attractions is an equestrian complex that includes the historic Van Sickle Barn, the oldest barn in the Tahoe Basin. This complex of National Register eligible structures creates a cultural feature that is important to the history of settlement of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The interpretive program at Van Sickle Park will provide visitors with an understanding of the past and how ordinary people and everyday activities shape the broad patterns of history. Visitors will experience personal involvement and a sense of identification with Tahoe’s cultural and environmental history.

Tahoe Fund donations to the Van Sickle project will be used to design, fabricate, and install interpretive panels and exhibit installations for visitor education at the historic Van Sickle Equestrian Complex. A stewardship ethic develops out of a process of awareness and involvement with the natural and built environments. The experience of an Old Tahoe equestrian complex, with its massive barn and intriguing cabins, will seek to instill in visitors an understanding of why Tahoe’s historic resources need protection.

By providing the park visitor with information through interpretation, their experience is enhanced, both for its educational value and by instilling a greater appreciation for the intrinsic qualities of Van Sickle Bi-State Park and the Tahoe Basin. The interpretive program, itself, will tightly bind the land and facilities together with their unique histories, shared ecology, and the stewardship principles used to preserve the park’s assets for future generations.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Van Sickle project, please contact Roger Kahn at 530-583-5930.  Thank you for helping us make a meaningful difference in the long-term protection and enhancement of Lake Tahoe’s resources.

Project Details

  • Tahoe Fund Goal: $25,000
    (Donations are 100% tax-deductible)
  • Funding Timeline: December 2011
  • Total Project Cost: $5M
  • Project Partners: CTC, NDSP, TRTA
  • Lead Agencies: California Tahoe Conservancy