Van Sickle Bi-State Park receives Best in Basin award
February 21, 2012
Straddling the California-Nevada border at the South Shore, the Van Sickle Bi-State Park is being recognized as the best in basin recreation project by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
This is the 22nd year TRPA’s awards program has recognized projects demonstrating exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment. Local professionals in the fields of landscaping, planning, engineering, water quality, and resource management judged each category. The restoration and protection efforts at Lake Tahoe are among the most innovative in the world and set an example for other communities facing similar issues, according to the Agency.
“Each year we are given the opportunity to recognize projects that stand as beacons of stewardship,” TRPA Community Liaison Jeff Cowen said. “These property owners and land managers deserve to be recognized for their efforts to show us what can be done when we strive to protect a treasure like Lake Tahoe.”
The partnership between the states of Nevada and California is the first bi-state park in the United States with a contiguous land mass entered through a common gate. It is also unusual in that it adjoins the City of South Lake Tahoe’s urban boundary rather than having a rural location.
The Park comprises a 542-acre parcel of land deeded to the Nevada Division of State Parks for developing recreational opportunities. The State of California, through the California Tahoe Conservancy, purchased the adjacent 150 acres, the Van Sickle family’s former Crescent V Ranch, to connect the park to the community of South Lake Tahoe.
The park is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. A connector trail from the park was constructed in partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association that expands the park’s recreation opportunities to the Rim Trail and outstanding views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Now one of Lake Tahoe’s most concentrated tourism centers has easy access to a network of trails that can lead one around the entire Basin.
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