Crews work to make Emerald Bay campground ADA compliant
Work crews felled trees among 100 empty campsites Thursday as construction continues at the Eagle Point Family Campground this season.
The Emerald Bay State Park campground will be closed for a second summer in a row as teams implement best management practices, improve the campground center and build an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant trail.
“We were hoping it was going to be open this season, but they’re finishing the work from last year,” State Parks District Superintendent Marilyn Linkem said. “We apologize for it being closed.”
In 2005, the California Department of Parks and Recreation settled an ADA lawsuit alleging lack of access to state parks for disabled visitors. The department committed to a transition plan under the settlement agreement, ranking parks across the state to eventually be upgraded to ADA compliance. Last year, Eagle Point Family Campground was at the top of the list.
“This started years ago. The department was sued by an ADA-accesible group. As part of that lawsuit, we were told we needed to make the sites ADA compliant,” Linkem said.
California Conservation Corps members and the state park’s trail crew will work on making a 1,000-foot access trail ADA compliant. Much of the funding comes from ADA-specific coffers, according to Linkem, but she couldn’t say how much the entire project will cost since many of the improvements are being organized out of the Sacramento office.
The site should be fully open by summer 2014, although construction will continue on an ADA-compliant restroom as funding becomes available, Linkem said.
There’s also basic maintenance underway at the campground this season. A team from the Nevada Division of Forestry was working at the campground Thursday to remove hazard trees and branches, Conservation Crew Supervisor Chris Culbertson said.
Eagle Point campground is located off Highway 89 on the east side of Emerald Bay. Boat-in campsites will be open July 1 through Labor Day this year. For additional information about the state park or the campground, contact the Lake Tahoe State Park office at 530-525-7232.