Speedboat Beach to temporarily close Aug. 19 for planned improvements
Published on Aug. 8, 2019
North Lake Tahoe’s popular Speedboat Beach in Brockway will be temporarily closed Aug. 19 through the end of the summer season for planned improvements.
Improvements include a new permanent restroom to replace existing portable restrooms and reconstruction of the wooden staircase that provides access to the beach from Harbor Avenue. The wooden stairs will be replaced with a heavy-duty rustic steel stairway that includes a beach overlook.
New signage will include a welcome sign, interpretive signs describing the local ecosystem and history, and a regulations panel to communicate beach rules.
The beach will be inaccessible to the public during the construction period; however, there are many public beach alternatives nearby. Visit tahoepublicbeaches.org to search more than 40 Lake Tahoe beaches.
“Speedboat Beach is home to some of the most fabulous views of Lake Tahoe, with its iconic boulders rising from the water,” said Parks Division Administrator Andy Fisher. “The updated facilities, access and signage will greatly complement this special place.”
Brockway area residents should expect construction to begin weekdays at 7 a.m. for quiet construction and at 8 a.m. for general construction.
Since 2015, Placer County held a series of public workshops and worked with Brockway neighbors on the details of the improvements included in the project. The collaboration also focused on relief of 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.
In 2011, Placer County built erosion control improvements throughout the Brockway neighborhood including concrete curbs and gutters, sediment detention basins, stormwater conveyance and collection infrastructure, and paver stones to stabilize the previous ‘soft covered’ boardwalk to the beach. These improvements help protect the quality and clarity of Lake Tahoe.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the $560,000 construction contract for the new improvements in May. Full funding for the project will come from local park and recreation facilities development impact fees and county transient occupancy tax revenues.