Bailey Lake set for $1.3M upgrade
City Council could soon act on finalizing upgrades to make Bailey Lake more accessible.
"It's been a long time coming, but we're about ready to start construction at Bailey Lake," said Dalan Walker, Burleson's senior park planner.
The project, estimated to cost $1.32 million and funded through a combination of gas funds and a bond issuance, would connect four miles of continuous trail and add a number of amenities to Bailey Lake, including one of the most desired changes.
"We have parking in the plan," said Marc Marchand, Burleson's director of recreation and lifelong learning. "We're excited for the opportunity to connect the trails."
The plan was presented Monday to City Council. Members of Burleson's parks board will hear the plan, along with an update on other capital projects, when it meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Burleson Recreation Center.
The next step in a site plan approval by City Council.
Upgrades to Bailey Lake will call for a 20-space parking lot, restroom facilities, 1,500 square-foot pavilion, fishing pier, picnic area and lighting from the pavilion to the pier.
Most exciting, Mayor Ken Shetter said, is the connection of trails.
Dean Construction is expected to be finished with the project by Feb. 13, 2017.
While the project addresses parking and the connection of trails, City Councilman Dan-O Strong is concerned with restroom facilities. He says it has been an oversight in prior parks projects.
"It's something that gnaws on me, maybe because I use restrooms," Strong said. "We have one restroom at the golf course – for an 18-hole golf course."
City Councilman Dan McClendon added some concern with two restroom facilities, should utilization pick up because of various factors.
"The restrooms will now effectively serve Bailey Lake and the bike trail, as they are the only restrooms on the bike trail," said McClendon, who uses the trails habitually.
Strong asked city staff to hold to the construction schedule, pointing to Bartlett Park as development that has experienced delays.
"I'm really excited about this," Strong said.
"I'm confident in moving forward," Shetter said. "I look forward to seeing the progress."
The parks board additionally will hear information on proposals for a dog park, splash pad and work at Chisenhall Fields, Marchand said.
"We haven't identified a location for a dog park," he said. "As interest grows in an area, we try to respond."
A dog park is a reality for the future, Marchand said.
"It's pretty exciting to look forward to future possibilities."