Weatherford Democrat

April 16, 2014

Cabin fever

City working to get Camp Holland cabins updated, opened for more public use as Heritage improvements, including new dog park, continue


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford Parks and Recreation officials are looking to renovate two areas to make them more user friendly.

Renovations of six cabins at Camp Holland are ongoing in the hope to get more public use out of them.

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Goodman said renovation work has been ongoing for more than a year. City workers have been working on getting the cabins back up and running, upgrading the electrical wiring in all the cabins and installing ceiling fans.

There has been other work done by local Scout troops, who have used the cabins for cookouts, camp outs and the like, Goodman said. One Scout, trying to get his Eagle Scout badge, worked on the installation of flag poles while a girl scout was instrumental in construction of a walking bridge.

Goodman said Girl Scouts had maintained the area, which is city property, for many years. When the Scouts determined they couldn’t maintain the area anymore, city officials took it over in 2012.

There is no budget for renovations, with work going very slowly when some money becomes available. There are six cabins, a main lodge building and a bathroom facility that was recently renovated thanks to Andy Hough, who Goodman says organized some Lowe’s employees into renovating what was an old well house into a nice facility.

Goodman said renovations are coming along, but many people have expressed an interest in renting out the cabins and facility as a whole for family reunions or business meetings.

“Many people have told us they like being out in the woods but still being in the city and this provides both,” Goodman said. “Before we open these up to the public, we want to make them a little friendlier aesthetically. Make them more ADA compliant.”

Goodman says the city hopes to have the cabins ready for rental to the public within a year or so.



Heritage Park

City officials are also continuing improvements to Heritage Park, with the first step of the plan construction of a three-acre dog park with the entrance off the trailhead behind the Weatherford Police Department. Goodman said construction should be complete sometime in June and will have nice features, including areas for both small and large breeds of dogs.

“The great thing about the area is the fact that it’s all shade,” Goodman said. “There will be grass and areas of mulch with benches for people to sit in the area.”

The area, which is along the hike and bike trail, will be well lit and open throughout the day. Goodman said closing the dog park one day a week for upkeep will take place, but he was unsure as to which day it will be.

All animals at the park will require proof their vaccinations are current, as animal control officials will be talking with owners to ensure compliance.

The next phase of the park will include construction of a small amphitheater for concerts, shows and other events. Goodman said a start date on that has not yet been set.