The Van Sickle Bi-State Park in Stateline Nevada has won the TRPA’s 2011 “Best in the Basin” award for the Recreation category. These awards call attention to projects of all categories that carry with them environmental net gains for Lake Tahoe and its communities.
The Van Sickle Bi-State Park celebrates the heritage of Henry Van Sickle, who ran a way station at Lake Tahoe in the 1860s. His grandson, Jack Van Sickle, donated 542 acres of property in 1988 to form the park. Resource Concepts, Inc. was invited to join the design team in 2005 with the responsibility for the site civil engineering for Phase I of the project. Nevada State Parks was the lead project proponent with the California Tahoe Conservancy assisting with project oversight and review. The lead consulting firm was the Design Workshop.
Due to the project being located in two states in the Lake Tahoe Basin, significant coordination with the numerous regulatory agencies was required. Permitting of the project required consultation with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board Lahontan Region, the City of South Lake Tahoe, the South Tahoe Public Utility District, the State of Nevada, the State of California, as well as the fire districts in California and Nevada. Due to the extensive nature of the project, there was also the opportunity for the public to provide comments during the environmental review process. RCI assisted the Design Workshop in a variety of other services related to the permitting and environmental documentation for the project.