The slowdown in construction might delay the completion of the proposed 215-acre lake at the future Kingsbury Park northeast of K-96 and Hoover Road, City Parks Director Doug Kupper said this morning. But Kupper said the city hopes that enough of the lake will be completed in roughly five years to open a swimming and recreation area.
Wichita City Council members will vote Tuesday on a $250,000 contract to design the lake’s depths, shoreline, bridge locations and other details. If approved, RDG Planning and Design and Cook Flatt and Strobel and Applied Ecological Services will team up and decide how steep to grade the lake bottom in swimming areas and where to set up the mechanical system that will tow water skiers around part of the lake. The city’s long-term capital improvement program fund is paying for the design. (more…)