It could be another year before any excavating begins at Lake Wichita, but the first big step was taken on Tuesday morning for the revitalization project.
Wichita Falls city councilors approved to go into a service agreement with an engineering firm for nearly $305,000. That firm will be making preparations and planning for the excavation of the lake and other improvements. This includes multiple studies being done to see what would happen if the project moved forward.
"This project will take about six months to prepare we estimate," Jack Murphy the Director of Parks and Recreation said.
For over two years, members of the Lake Revitalization Committee have been planning out the details of the project. This includes recreational additions, and the excavation of the lake. Now, they are ready to get started on the permit process, which is necessary.
"It will take up to a year for a permit to be issued, but it's in the mill and hopefully it will be a little bit sooner than that," Murphy said.
Once the permit is issued, city leaders can consider the option of excavating the lake. They also have the option of moving forward with the other shoreline improvements included in the project.
While the agreement comes at a cost, half of the money was raised by the committee. The other half of the cost is funded by the city's 4B Sales Tax Board. The Revitalization Committee is still trying to raise more funds for the project. The goal is $35-40-million. So far they have raised $450,000. If you would like to make a donation, or check out their progress, click here.