Finished and upcoming lake projects discussed at LWRC meeting

Members of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee met Tuesday afternoon at the City Council conference room downtown.

It was the group's first meeting since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Wichita Falls.

The committee discussed the recently completed Lake Wichita Boardwalk project which is awaiting final inspection and approval of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The $1.2 million collected for the boardwalk was a collaborative effort which included a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, $600,000 from private donations and about $100,000 that was approved from the 4B sales tax board.

The area, near the spillway, is blocked by plastic orange construction site fencing until the TPWD signs off on the new lake amenity.

"We're wrapping up the boardwalk project, it'll be finished, Parks & Wildlife will do their final inspection next week and when that's done, we'll be able to schedule a ribbon cutting ceremony. We'll get all the city officials and the donors out to a very nice ribbon cutting ceremony and at that time, we'll kick off our fundraising campaign for the Veterans Plaza," said David Coleman, committee chairman.

The Kemp Blvd Boat Ramp project was put on hold.

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