Parks Department to host discussion of Twin Lakes projects

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | 6:06 p.m. CDT; updated 6:23 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011
Potential improvements to Twin Lakes Recreation Area include a sprayground or playground, new life guard office, cashier station and concession stand and an additional shade tree area.

COLUMBIA — Proposed improvement to Twin Lakes Recreation Area will be the subject of a public meeting at the park from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center.

The meeting represents one of the final opportunities for the public to give its input.

The city has budgeted $250,000 for improvements to the park over the next two years. The proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, includes $100,000 for the park. The city plans to spend another $150,000 in 2013.

Department staff has been looking over 164 surveys completed by Little Mates Cove users to help determine what renovations should be made. Besides maintenance issues such as restroom and sidewalk improvements, senior park planner Mike Snyder said there was also an interest in adding a sprayground and other water-park-style amenities.

Other changes to be discussed at the meeting include a new ticket booth and lifeguard building, landscaping, shelters, benches, lights and a dog wash station for the dog park, according to a city Web page on the proposed projects.

Snyder said the park’s infrastructure is in need of general repairs as well as replacement of the plumbing. Grading and walkway and drainage improvements will also be discussed at the meeting.

“We would like to see which ideas get the most support and try to see how we can accomplish them with the funds we have,” Snyder said.

The meeting will take place at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. For more information about the meeting, call 874-7460.

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