Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation submitted an application for a site located within Squaw Valley Park

At the end of September, Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation submitted an Environmental Questionnaire and zoning amendment application to the Placer County Planning Department for a site located within Squaw Valley Park, owned and managed by Placer County. SVSMF anticipates working closely with the County Executive Office – Lake Tahoe, Planning, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works departments over the next few months to ensure due community process as it seeks approval for conditional use of the site in order to build and operate a museum/community center at that location.

SVSMF is excited about the prospects of bringing year-round vitality to the community park. The proposed museum will complement the existing recreational facilities by providing an indoor venue featuring cultural exhibits and educational programming on the legacy of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Sierra ski and natural history, local snow sport athletes and pioneers. Additional benefits include providing off-slope visitor activities and improvements to the park such as upgraded public restrooms. The proposed museum fulfills priorities outlined in the 2015 North Lake Tahoe Tourism Master Plan: “to invest in facilities and amenities that support history and arts and culture, such as museums, interpretive centers.”

SVSMF is currently fundraising through individual donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. The project needs to raise $250,000 this winter to complete the EQ and develop the groundwork for a successful capital campaign. The foundation has raised $49,000 to-date with an additional $125,000 in pending grants. SVSMF is excited to be a part of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation ‘Give Back Tahoe’ giving campaign and looks forward to reaching new donors through this effort.

“After extensive review of many sites in Olympic Valley and in North Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley Park location offers the greatest opportunity for a successful and sustainable Olympic legacy and ski culture museum,” said David Antonucci, President of the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation. “The top reasons include its visibility and convenient access from Highway 89 and an already established regional user base that complements museum guests.”

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