GOTHENBURG – Plans for further renovation of Lake Helen and Lafayette Park were unveiled to the Gothenburg City Council on Tuesday’s meeting at the council chambers.
Lake Helen underwent a complete restoration project due to the poor water quality that was causing fish kills, the renovation was completed in 2015. With that restoration overall habitat was improved by deepening the the lake and creating underwater habitat diversity. A boat ramp and floating dock was also added.
The next step for the area is a recreation master plan.
Miller and Associates, out of Kearney, presented the plan to the city council. The overall idea was to allow visitors to Lake Helen and Lafayette Park to enjoy the open spaces.
“We felt that the parks should be ‘passive parks’,” said Brenda Jensen of Miller and Associates. “Therefore, green spaces have been left to give people options.”
The plans were gleamed from surveys and meetings with towns people over the last 6-8 months.
The master plan included such items as a splash pad, moving and revitalizing playground equipment, community building, dog park and installing a new bridge on South Lakeview Drive.
City Administrator Bruce Clymer reminded the council that any renovations would take time and money.
A survey taken by Miller and Associates showed that those surveyed would be in favor of 1/2 cent sales tax increase. However, Clymer said it would be awhile before that could happen.
“The sales tax increase would require a vote by the people,” Clymer said. “It would need to be during a primary or general election and the earliest that could take place would by in May of 2018. Otherwise we would need a special election.”
Jensen told the members that there are grants available, however they can take time also.
In other news, the council took a look at a draft of new special-use permit documentation. No action was taken at this time.