Group Expresses Lake Atalanta Renovation Concerns

Posted: December 16, 2013 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Waterfowl outnumbered people during a snowy Thursday at Lake Atalanta Park in Rogers. Concerned residents want to be involved with planning a renovation of the lake and park.

When the concept plans for the Lake Atalanta renovation project were unveiled last week the majority of those attending the two public meetings were excited and pleased with the plans, but some residents expressed serious concern for the park’s ecosystem.

At A Glance

Lake Plan

The Lake Atalanta plan highlights:

Estimated cost of the renovation plan is $15 million

The lake will be dredged to remove years of sediment

Boardwalks are planned for the east and west side of the lake

A bike park is scheduled for construction on the Philpot property to the south of the park. The city purchased the property last year

A dog park

A small amphitheater

A concrete walking trail around the lake that will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers

Hiking trails

Additional picnic areas

Source: Staff Report

Web Watch

Lake Atalanta

A list of suggestions and concerns expressed by residents attending the two Lake Atalanta meeting is available at: http://www.lakeatalanta.blogspot.com/

A copy of a botany report on Lake Atalanta commissioned by the city and a copy of the statement from 12 concerned residents regarding the renovation project are available at: www.nwaonline.com/documents

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