Commons Beach Environmental Restoration & Enhancement

Syblon Reid was awarded at contract to make improvements to a beach area on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

Enhancement of the existing lake shore area included new playground equipment, picnic areas, granite benches, a new bike trail, granite staircases leading to beach area, restroom facilities, a new walkway and vistas along Highway 28, along with trail and walkway lighting throughout beach area.

Erosion control and environmental improvements included:

  • Dynamic revetment,
  • Approximately 1,628 lineal feet of wattles, consisting of coconut husk fiber wound into 12-inch diameter logs, which were placed to intercept downhill runoff,
  • 1,150 tons of cobbles varying in size from 6-inches to 24-inches in diameter were sued to create the erosion reducing beach covering, and
  • Approximately 6,000 native flowers, shrubs, and trees were planted to stabilize the restored ground and revegetate the area with its natural habitat.

Playground and surrounding area enhancements included:

  • Approximately 2,500 square feet expansion,
  • Segregated playground area reconfigured to single area , enclosed by low granite stone walls for safety,
  • Playground equipment installation, which meets all safety, accessibility standards and TRPA requirements,
  • Playground and surrounding areas are ADA accessible, with engineered wood material to blend with natural setting,
  • Synthetic climbing rock designed for children 6 and over, constructed with a steel frame and recycled plastic form layered with formed concrete,
  • Silica free crushed garnet sand for sand box,
  • ADA compliant Illuminated walkways and bike trails were constructed within the park area and the east and west approaches to the park, and
  • Installation of 22 picnic tables and 13 park benches throughout park area.

In addition, installation of the "Big Tree" sculpture completed the enhancement project.

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