Expanded splash pad, beach project presented

(Above) A concept drawing prepared by RDG Designs of an expanded splash pad, relocated restroom, shelter and open space at City Beach, maximizing views of the lake.

by Marianne Gasaway

Clear Lake residents and guests can look forward to continued improvements to the City Beach area, including an expanded splash pad, restrooms and shaded area.

Pat Dunn, of RDG Planning and Design, presented the City Council with a concept and schematic plans for a series of projects Monday night.  The area had been targeted for improvement by city leaders, noting infrastructure on the existing splash pad and restrooms were both in need of repair, as well as expansion.  Both were constructed in 2002 and have been extremely popular additions to the City Beach landscape.

City leaders are still reviewing the plan, but can expect to pay $1.3 to $1.6 million for the work.

Mayor Nelson Crabb said that he believes the expanded and improved area would be valuable amenities for both residents and visitors.

“That’s what the original splash pad did. We were amazed by the number of people who used it and it provided an area we didn’t have before,” said Crabb.  He added that moving the restroom south, closer to the

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