Design firm presents ideas for Lake Wichita projects

Design firm presents ideas for Lake Wichita projects

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Members with the design firm Kimley-Horn presented ideas to the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee Tuesday morning for three of their projects.

The projects include a new boardwalk, a boat ramp, and veterans memorial plaza

"Today was their opportunity to come in with some initial design concepts to get input from the committee and members of the public about what we liked and didn't like," Interim Chair of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee, Penny Miller said.

The three concepts presented on Tuesday came after talking with committee members and Wichita Falls city officials on what their vision was for these projects.

“We’re just trying to ask a lot of questions and figure out what are some ideas that they have for the project,” said John Fielder with Kimley-Horn.

Sure enough, plenty of ideas were pitched after their presentation.

"They really wanted some options," said Fielder. "One of them, where the veterans memorial plaza was separated from the boat ramp."

Many really liked concept A but committee member, Steve Garner wanted to make sure the view of the lake was not blocked.

This idea came after he visited the lake with one of the largest donors for the veterans memorial plaza.

"We were there in the evening and he couldn't get over how beautiful it was and what a wonderful opportunity it was for reflection," said Garner.

Plenty of shade along with benches was also on their list.

Towards the end of the meeting committee members expressed how proud and excited they were to be in the design phase after six years into this project.

"We want to improve our community," said Miller. "A revitalized lake will bring additional recreational opportunities. We're very lucky to have this, so much public access that really doesn't cost people money to get to, so this is a lot of free recreation for our community."

Miller believes economically this is one of the best investments they can make.

Their next step is to finalize the design to figure out how much the three projects will cost.

To help pay for the projects the committee needs to raise $1.1 million to match grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Miller said their priority right now is to raise $500,000 by July to start construction on the boardwalk.

Right now the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee is looking to fill an empty seat and to fill their subcommittees.

To learn how to sign up you’re asked to contact Penny Miller at green.wichitafalls@gmail.com

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