The North Tahoe Community has an opportunity to be part of restoring the natural function of Polaris Creek and wetland while also preserving the recreational amenities associated with Pomin Park.

The goal of this project is to investigate restoration options of one of Lake Tahoe’s important, yet overlooked, tributaries, Polaris Creek. Pomin Park is a vital recreation resource for North Tahoe communities built directly on Polaris Creek wetland. The ballfield and campground sit right in the middle of the Polaris creek bed - the reason for seasonal flooding on the fields and campground, why they are regularly waterlogged, and sometimes unusable and unsafe.

Pomin Park was built on critical wetland habitat that filters silt and other debris out of Polaris Creek before it dumps into Lake Tahoe. There is quite a bit of public interest in restoring sensitive areas like this around the lake to ensure the clarity and ecology of Lake Tahoe can be maintained at high levels.

Because of this, project partners are collaborating to investigate the feasibility of restoring the creek bed and wetland, and relocating or reconfiguring park amenities. Potential relocation of Pomin Parks’ ballfield, playground and campground would provide the opportunity for full restoration of Polaris Creek and improve lake clarity by restoring a natural wetland and improving wildlife and meadow habitat.

Project partners have been working together for close to a decade to determine the best way to restore the Polaris Creek area.  Partners include Placer County, Tahoe City Public Utility District, California State Parks, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and California Tahoe Conservancy.

The project is in a very early stage of development, and it is critical the community is able to provide input to inform how best to protect North Lake Tahoe’s environment and community resources. The North Tahoe Community has an opportunity to be part of restoring the natural function of Polaris Creek and wetland while also preserving the recreational amenities associated with Pomin Park. 

·      Please note that any changes to Pomin Park that may be agreed upon would not be implemented for 5-10 years.

·      This is the first round of public input, and there will be additional phases available for public input in the coming months and years. 

·      An environmental analysis will likely be conducted, with at least two additional periods of public outreach and comments.

Community input is critical to this project.  Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below.  
To provide input on a survey just focused on the ballfield, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DK8SFYR


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* 1. How often do you utilize Lake Forest Campground in Pomin Park?

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* 2. What are your favorite features of Lake Forest Campground?

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* 3. What are your least favorite features of Lake Forest Campground?

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* 4. What do you think about the potential relocation of some or all of the campsites to parks nearby? Do you have any suggestions for potential relocation sites?

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* 5. Do you think the restoration of Polaris Creek area by relocating the campground is a good idea?

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* 6. Do you have suggestions or questions regarding the campsites for those working on this project?

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* 7. How important is it to continue restoration efforts of Polaris Creek?

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* 8. What are the best outcomes for this potential project for: campground users? Tahoe City? Lake Tahoe?

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