Placer County moves forward on Speedboat Beach improvements  

Published May 14, 2019

Long-awaited improvements to visitor amenities at popular Speedboat Beach are coming this summer, with the county Board of Supervisors today approving a contract with HA Construction of Folsom to complete the project. 

Planned improvements include a new permanent restroom to replace existing portable restrooms, reconstruction of the wooden staircase that provides access to the beach from Harbor Avenue, a new beach overlook, walkway improvements and new signage.

The new signage includes a welcome sign, interpretive signs describing the local history and environment and a regulations panel to identify beach rules. 

The cost of construction is estimated at $560,000, with funding coming from local park dedication fees and transient occupancy tax funds.

Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed in October.

Since 2015, Placer County has worked with Brockway neighbors to help relieve parking and traffic problems due to the beach’s popularity. Placer tightened parking restrictions on nearby county roads and increased the fine for illegal parking from $25 to $100 while creating a designated loading and unloading area at the main public access point to improve traffic flow.

Through a series of public workshops, county staff collaborated with residents on the details of the improvements included in the project approved today. Staff will also continue to work with lakefront residents on the look and placement of new signs to delineate private and public beach areas.

Placer encourages visitors to use public transit to access Speedboat Beach and walk or bike whenever possible, with parking still expected to be limited during the summer months. TART’s bus stop on state Route 28 at the Tahoe Biltmore shelter is closest to Speedboat Beach’s Harbor Avenue access road. TART route planning is available.