Call to Action: Donner Lake Run Parking

UPDATE: 9/2020

Public support for a parking solution has been strong and TBA is in final stages of approval of a revised proposal to fund and ensure that the West End Beach parking lot on Donner Lake remains plowed and maintained throughout winter 2020-2021. TBA would fund all plowing and maintenance operations of the West End lot–free and open to the public–with no cost to local residents or the City of Truckee.

On 8/28/20, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District Board appeared supportive of TBA’s new parking proposal, but a final decision is pending and should be announced by early fall. We need your help to get it to the finish line!

How to Help: 

Public support is essential to the success of the Donner Lake Run project. Please write the TDRPD board at board@tdrpd.org to express your ideas for the project and attend the next board meeting in person on September 24th to show how much this means to the community.

Meeting Details: 
Truckee Donner Parks Department Board Meeting
September 24th, 6pm-9pm.
Community Recreation Center,
10981 Truckee Way, Truckee, CA 96161
  
Sample Letter of Support:
  
Dear Park and Recreation Board of Directors-
 
I strongly urge you to Approve the West End Beach Winter Parking Project.
 
This public/private partnership is the logical solution for all parties involved. Over 3 years ago, at the request of many homeowners in the area, TDLT and TBA got involved to facilitate a solution to illegal winter parking in the neighborhood.
 
Benefits to the Community:
  • Financial benefit to the RPD: West End Beach gets repaved at the applicants expense. Overall, net revenue generator for agency.
  • Public’s benefit: Safe and legal access to popular public lands. Decreases illegal activity in the residential neighborhood. Provides for safer backcountry use and education due to centralized trailhead.
  • All Homeowner’s in the area benefit: Decreased illegal activity in the neighborhood. Decreased vehicular traffic in the neighborhood. The revised location at West End Beach keeps vehicular traffic out of the neighborhood.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this proposal.
  
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Click on the link below to read a full summary of TBA’s efforts to help solve the parking issues on the west end of Donner Lake.

Donner Lake Run

Photo: Ming Poon

Overview

Descending from the historic Donner Summit skyline, the Donner Lake Run is one of the most picturesque backcountry ski descents in Tahoe. Known for its exciting terrain, copious snow, and stunning views of Donner Lake, Truckee, and the Mt. Rose region, the Lake Run has become increasingly popular with backcountry users.

The Issue

During the winter of 2019-2020, the Donner Lake Woods Homeowners Association (HOA) approached the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance (TBA) and Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) about an increase in illegal parking throughout the neighborhood at the west end of Donner Lake. Monitoring the zone, the TBA and TDLT determined that much of the increase in parking citations stemmed from winter backcountry users on the Lake Run.

TBA Current Proposed Solution

Public support for a parking solution has been strong and TBA is in final stages of approval for a revised proposal to fund and ensure that the West End Beach parking lot on Donner Lake remains plowed and maintained as a public and free lot throughout winter 2020-2021. TBA would fund all plowing and maintenance operations of the West End lot with no cost to local residents or the City of Truckee. 

On 8/28/20, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District Board appeared supportive of TBA’s new parking proposal, but a final decision is pending and should be announced by mid-September. We need your help to get it to the finish line!

How to Help: 

Public support is essential to the success of the Donner Lake Run project. Please write the TDRPD board at board@tdrpd.org to express your ideas for the project.

 

 

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