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Lakeside Park is open to a few activities

Lakeside Park in Marble Falls

Lakeside Park is open for walkers and anglers fishing from the banks of Lake Marble Falls. People also can use the boat ramp as a launching pad for their canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks, according to the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

After more than a year of major renovations, Lakeside Park is open. Sort of.

When Walkway of Lights closed, crews removed the protective fencing around the area of the Christmas display, which led to people walking in the park and fishing from its banks.

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Director Lacey Dingman said those activities are fine but discouraged people from doing more than that for now.

The city still has a few hoops to jump through to fully open Lakeside Park. With Walkway of Lights taking over the park from late November 2019 to January 1, an inspection by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation was pushed back.

“We are working with TDLR to get a date for our inspection scheduled as quickly as possible,” Dingman said. “They’ll ensure that the site complies with all safety and accessibility standards.”

If the inspection turns up any needed repairs or raises issues, the city will have to address those before completely reopening Lakeside Park.

The city closed Lakeside Park in January 2019 for renovations and upgrades. Officials projected the park would reopen last summer but opted to hold off until the grass and other landscaping was better established.

As a result, the city moved the reopening of the park until after Walkway of Lights ended, Dingman added.

The renovations were part of the city’s Phase 1A park plan, which included work at Lakeside and Johnson parks as well as some downtown area improvements.

The parts of Phase 1A that are completed are:

  • improvements to the Backbone Creek boat ramp at Johnson Park
  • improvements to the Hays addition boat ramp, located off Lakeshore Drive
  • Johnson Park restroom
  • downtown restroom
  • improvements to Buena Vista Drive, which were substituted for Yett Street improvements and parking
  • Lakeside Beach, with final safety work underway by city staff for a projected spring 2020 opening;
  • Lakeside Pavilion parking
  • Lakeside Park trails
  • landscaping and irrigation

The city is also making improvements to Lakeside Pavilion, which opened more than a decade ago. That work includes:

  • upgrades and a redesign to the heating and cooling system
  • refinishing the floors
  • replacing some appliances
  • repairing the roof and insulation
  • painting the exterior

Lakeside Park was home to one of the public boat ramps, but the city has changed it to non-motorized watercraft launching only. This includes canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks.

People who want to launch motorized watercraft may do so at the ramps at Backbone Creek in Johnson Park and the Hays addition on Lakeshore Drive. Both launches have better parking as part of the Phase 1A renovations.

The projected cost of Phase 1A was $3,331,320. However, the city removed Yett Street parking and wayfinding projects from Phase 1A, which dropped the final number to $2,896,320.

3 thoughts on “Lakeside Park is open to a few activities

  1. Poor planning indeed and too expensive just for some rocks and wiring. We just saw these front “pools” and it’s a mystery. They are small and basically a gutter for trash, dirt and poison algae. City of Marble Falls of whoever did this engineering, what are these bacteria pools that were installed? Can someone who worked on this project post a comment and explain the use of these tiny
    barrier pools where water looks stale and dirty. Nobody is going to want to swim in those things. Did the construction company just bail town after that mistake? How could a city inspector say that’s sanitary for a public park?

  2. Can someone explain what these little “pools’ at the shoreline are used for at Lakeside Park?
    We examined all of them and can’t tell why an engineer would design it that way.
    Currently, it looks like a cess pool with algae and tons of dirty crud in them. This seems
    like a sanitary /health issue once we get into summer. They are pretty nasty looking, just go take a look.
    It doesn’t make sense why it’s not just open. If meant for babies or a raft, that would be pretty dirty
    to swim in. Can anyone answer why these were built, engineering wise for recreation or barrier for
    the sand? It just doesn’t make logical sense. Go look and see what you think. Will it be cleaned of all said algae and
    dirt every day or week?

    1. I was thinking the same! For that much money it should have kids play baths with water features and filtered RO Water. This project has been a waste of time and money from the get go.

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