The Edmond Sun

Local News

August 21, 2012

Official: Arcadia Lake trail plan needs more funding

New foundation may pay for part of project

EDMOND — The Edmond Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will advise the City Council to spend $200,000 worth of park tax funds for the purpose of preliminary engineering services for part of a trail to extend around Arcadia Lake.

The funding would be identified in next year’s budget rather than this current fiscal year, said Jan Ramseyer Fees, assistant city planner.

“This is a huge and dramatic project that will have a significant impact on a major park,” said Dennis Shockley, advisory board chairman.

The idea is for the City of Edmond to fund the engineering design costs while private investment will pay for constructing the lake trail, Fees said.

A group of city leaders met in July to discuss the Arcadia Lake Trail Collaborative. Mercy Hospital COO David Tew will work toward identifying the nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation.

Fees and state Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond, have been working with Southlake addition homeowners concerning the project. Land bordering Arcadia Lake for the trails is owned by the Corps of Engineers. Fees said the Corps has expressed interest in the project.

“On the one leg that’s already under contract, it’s not only engineering but it’s design and construction documents to go out to bid,” said Earl London, parks superintendent. Engineering will amount to 6 percent to 10 percent of the total project, Fees said.

Some areas contain wetland area which may be bypassed by bridging across, Fees said.

“Over by Eagle Cove, it’s really wet and low in there and bridges are costly and require more engineering than just a trail,” she added.

The asphalt trail with concrete borders is proposed to be 20 feet wide in some areas but vary to two, 10-foot-wide trails or 14 feet in the busiest part of the trail. The trail coming into the lake from 33rd Street is projected to be the busiest trail.

“If this goes from a 12-foot-wide to a 20-foot-wide trail, that boosts the project to another $1.2 million. We don’t have that,” Fees said of current city funds. “That’s when David Tew said he hopes the foundation, for this whole package, will raise money to be able to supplement this for the 20-foot-wide trail.”

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