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Parks and Grounds Division

Placer County Parks and Grounds Division provides construction, operation and maintenance of County parks, beaches, open space, landscaped grounds and recreational trails for residents and guests.

Picture of Trail Squaw Valley Park

Squaw Valley Park, located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Squaw Valley Road, offers a variety of activities for everyone! Enjoy the multi-use trail connecting the park to the Western States Trail, the Squaw Valley-Tahoe City paved bicycle trail, two tot lot play areas, pickleball courts, picnic areas or the synthetic turf soccer field. The area also includes a staging area for numerous trail events and restroom facilities.

The 30-acre park opened in 2004 and provides recreational activities for Tahoe area residents and visitors. Park construction was financed with grant funds, park dedication fees and transient occupancy fees (fees paid by hotel/motel visitors). The land was originally owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

Special federal legislation was enacted to authorize the U.S. Forest Service to sell the land to Placer County. The legislation was sponsored by U.S. Representative John T. Doolittle with support from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. To plan, raise funds for and construct the park, Placer County worked closely with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the U.S. Forest Service, Intrawest, Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council and the Squaw Valley Park Committee.

Reservations are available for the soccer field at Squaw Valley Park by contacting the Placer County Parks Division at 530-886-4901. Reservations must be made no less than ten (10) working days prior to the anticipated event. Reservations are taken for the soccer field only; all other park facilities are first come, first served.

Future Improvement Plans

Placer County Parks and Grounds Division is always working to enhance the County’s land for future recreational use and development.

Currently, the Parks and Grounds Division has approval to fund new, bear-safe recycling containers for 10 beaches along the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The Division is also seeking approval from the Board of Supervisors to participate in funding for rehabilitation of the floating boat docks at the Lake Forest Beach boat ramp and a portable stage for performing arts and concert events in the north Tahoe area.

The County is in the preliminary planning process for a Class 1 trail (10' wide and paved) from the Nevada County/Placer County border at Truckee to Lake Tahoe. The environmental work for the first phase of the nine-mile trail system may begin as early as summer 2008.

Conceptual Trail Map
Conceptual trail map

Continue to check this Web site for developments and updates.