The Weatherford Boardwalk project is about 61% complete, with the actual boardwalk itself 85% complete as of late last week.
Weatherford Parks, Recreation and Special Events Department Director Shannon Goodman gave the Municipal Utility Board an update Thursday on the project, which costs $2.8 million. Goodman showed the board a video shot from above of the boardwalk, which stretches across Lake Weatherford.
The boardwalk is expected to open in late spring or early summer, Goodman said in a previous interview. The utility board started moving forward on the project in May.
The boardwalk will stretch from East Lake Drive to West Lake Drive below the Farm-to-Market Road 730 bridge. The project also renovates Azle Park with the installation of curbs and gutters, a parking lot, fishing pier, native landscaping, seating areas, restrooms and pavilion. Other areas around the lake would be addressed on a smaller scale by cleaning up the waterfront, addressing parking and adding landscaping and seating areas.
The parking lots at the lake are complete, and crews will be working on grading and walkways, Goodman said.
Board member Ken Davis asked about seating areas, for older people in particular, at the boardwalk, to which Goodman said two more seating sections will be added to the one that is currently available.
“We’re wrapping up that cost on product and we’ll see where our fluctuation is, and if we have a little cushion in there after we’ve got all of our product, there’s probably three other areas that I’d like to see a bench go in, so total we’d have about 12 sitting areas if that works out,” Goodman said.
Board member Howard McClurkin suggested promoting the boardwalk to birdwatching groups.
“This is an enormous asset for our community, and I believe that with a little promotion it will bring in people from other states,” McClurkin said.
Goodman said the city is working on marketing of the new boardwalk.
“It’s very unique, not just for our area, but over the whole United States, we’ve checked around and ultimately this is going to be the longest floatational boardwalk in the country as we finish up,” Goodman said. “We’re really excited about that, and we kind of hang our hat on that and really tote that.”