Hundreds Join Governor Sisolak for Ribbon Cutting
What was once considered “impossible” is now complete because of your support. The new Tahoe East Shore Trail opened on Friday with a ribbon cutting by Governor Sisolak and hundreds of members of the community. We couldn’t have done it without you.
With your support, we were able to raise over $1 million in private funds from more than 550 private donors that unlocked more than $12.5M in federal dollars needed for the trail’s construction.
“We are so thankful to the hundreds of donors who contributed to the path, helping to secure the public funding needed to make this ‘Impossible Trail’ possible,” Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry stated. “As people enjoy the path, we know they will be touched by its beauty and want to continue to help us take care of Tahoe’s environment. This wouldn’t be possible without the epic collaboration of the 13 partners and the craftsmanship of Granite Construction.”
The Tahoe East Shore Trail is part of a larger shared vision to ultimately connect all of the communities, parks, beaches, businesses and other destinations that circle Lake Tahoe, while enhancing safety by separating vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The first three-mile section of trail represents a major milestone in this effort and required extensive collaboration of 13 public and private agencies that included NDOT, the Tahoe Transportation District, Federal Highway Administration, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Division of State Parks, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, U.S. Forest Service-Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and the three Nevada-side counties that govern Lake Tahoe – Carson City, Douglas, and Washoe.
Bears and trout are still available for donations of $2,500 and $5,000 respectively. All donations of $100 or more will be recognized on a new donor wall at Hidden Beach.
Some fun facts about the trail:
- Six bridges were installed along the three-mile path, the longest being 810-feet long
- 17 vista points and 23 interpretive panels were constructed along the pathway to enhance the visitor experience
- More than 5,000 linear feet of storm drain pipe, including 80 drainage inlets and 26,000 linear feet of curb and gutter, were installed for erosion control to help maintain Tahoe’s famed clarity by reducing sediment into Lake Tahoe
- Approximately 90 new parking spots with direct access to the path are available at three new parking lots located alongside State Route 28 in Incline Village.
For more information about how to donate, visit tahoefund.org/donate.