New waterfall and bridge being constructed at Stephens Lake Park

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | 1:50 p.m. CDT; updated 10:54 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

COLUMBIA — Visitors to Stephens Lake Park should expect to see detour signs because of construction of a bridge crossing a new waterfall.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department expects the waterfall bridge to be completed by Sept. 15. The waterfall is located northeast of the lake’s island on the northern hill. The portion of trail that will be affected runs along the walkway closest to the lake.

Detours are redirecting visitors to the boardwalk and alternate trails surrounding the park.

A recirculating system will feed lake water into the waterfall and then over Missouri limestone boulders into Stephens Lake. According to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the trail will beautify the park, and aeration and natural filtration from the waterfall will improve the lake’s overall water quality.

The estate of Russ and Mary Nall are funding this project with a $50,000 gift to the city.

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