Residents, Nonprofit support Lake Wichita proposition

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - For Norman Mendieta and his family, Lake Wichita is the spot.

"We come out here and we bring the kids to play and of course go fishing and just enjoy the scenery," Mendieta said.

Mendieta who was raised in Wichita Falls said he's all for proposition B, especially for one thing.

"The boardwalk would be nice you know to walk out and fish," Mendieta said.

However, Proposition B will not only bring a new pavilion boardwalk if approved.

With $3.9 million the city would also get the circle trail extended from Barnett road to Lake Wichita.

Steve Garner, a Wichita Falls resident said this project gives people the opportunity to enjoy nature for free.

"Whether you want to go and enjoy fishing at the lake or you want to go out and enjoy bird watching, or just want to go out and have a picnic in one of the parks," Garner said.

Lake Wichita is a manmade reservoir and is the third oldest lake in the state of Texas.

With these funds, they also plan to honor veterans through a veterans memorial plaza.

The memorial will recognize all those that have served our country and the centerpiece will be the Vietnam Veteran's memorial statue.

For that reason, the President of the North Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans, Dick Crislip, said their

the group supports proposition B.

"There needs to be something that will keep the American public focused on that and will always remember that," Crislip said.

He adds many people have the image of a Vietnam Veteran as the guy living under the bridge and said they're much more than that.

Mike Lechuga, a U.S. Air Force Retiree, said even though some Veterans don't like to be in the limelight these projects mean a lot to their families.

"Sometimes that's why we want some memorial parks or statues to keep their memory alive," Lechuga said. "We carry their memories in our hearts, but at least this will be something visible to the younger generations."

If proposition B is approved, the estimated monthly property tax cost increase for a $100,000 home would be 39 cents.

Early voting starts on Monday and election day is May 5.

There are seven propositions in the bond if all seven pass the projects would add up to $131 million.

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