Design, estimated cost presented to committee for Lake Wichita project

Design, estimated cost presented to committee for Lake Wichita project
The committee needs to raise $1.5 million by this summer to start construction on the boardwalk.

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Tuesday morning was a big day for members of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee.

“The committee is enthusiastic,” said Interim Chair of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee, Penny Miller. “This is what we want and what we think is best for the community in terms of getting good use from the lake.”

In January, the design firm Kimley-Horn presented three ideas to the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee. They returned on Tuesday with a rendering of the potential final design and left with a few changes

“For example the movement of the kayak ramp,” said Miller. “Last month we asked them [Kimley-Horn] to add it and they put it in but this month we said, ‘okay we like it but we like it here instead.’”

The committee also got a cost estimate of the project on Tuesday. In total, the project which includes a boat ramp, veterans memorial plaza, and a boardwalk would cost around $7.6 million.

All of these projects will be installed near the current boat ramp on Kemp. Miller tells us right now their main priority is to raise money for the boardwalk.

“Two of the projects have grants,” said Miller. “The boardwalk is the most immediate requirement because that grant requires us to be ready to start construction or go out for construction in July.”

Miller said the committee needs to raise $1.5 million dollars by this summer to meet the grant requirements for the boardwalk.

While the project has been in the works for six years, people and organizations like the Disabled American Veterans are excited to see it become a reality.

“They [veterans] think it’s a great deal because it involves all veterans,” said Joel Jimenez with the Disabled American Veterans. “It’s going to be a great project for the city of Wichita Falls and for the whole United States to see that they love their veterans.”

The committee will meet again in March and are expected to get a final look at the boardwalk design. To make a donation and support Lake Wichita, click here.

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