Commons Beach Public Access Project

Tahoe City Public Utility District
Key staff: 
Project Manager: Walter R. Auerbach, P.E. Staff Engineer: Bree Allen Project Surveyor: Keith Masuda, P.E., P.L.S

Auerbach was involved in this project since its inception, providing civil engineering and regulatory processing support to the design team of landscape architects. Commons Beach is a public park in the center of Tahoe city owned by the people of Tahoe City and held in trust by Placer County. Aging facilities and needs for environmental restoration triggered a public participation and consensus process for improvements to the park. Alternative design concepts were considered and resulted in the development of a strategic plan for the refurbishment of Commons Beach.

The project included a complete refurbishment of the park area. This involved upgrading the playground to meet current safety standards; relocation of the restroom building to a more accessible location; reconstructing the sewer pump station and force main; highway streetscape improvements including removal of existing boardwalk and railing, installation of a depressed walkway surfaced with concrete pavers and cable railing. Beach improvements included placement of 12,000 cubic feet of imported sand in former grassed areas. Shoreline stabilization was necessary to protect the beach, and a dynamic rock revetment was designed to mimic natural conditions. Other work included restoration and stabilization of the steep slopes and existing foot trail, providing ADA access to restrooms, interpretive displays of Tahoe history, a picnic terrace area and overlook areas, and a reconstructed parking area with advanced stormwater BMP’s due to proximity to Lake Tahoe.


Services included:

  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Concept Planning
  • Preliminary Design
  • Environmental Review Support
  • Public Communication/Facilitation
  • Easement Acquisition Support
  • Entitlement/Permit Processing
  • Wetlands Regulatory Process
  • Boundary Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Base Mapping
  • Support for Grant Applications
  • Interpretive Facility Planning and Design
  • Accessibility Retrofit and Design
  • Plans and Specifications
  • Construction Staking
  • Construction Observation/Management

Status: Completed 2003