The Osceola Park and Recreation Department will see a project come to completion this week.
A new boat dock at West Lake Marina is to be installed by Friday by WTR Solutions out of Earlham.
The project first began in 2016 when Tim Riddle, director of Parks and Recreation wrote a grant to the Water Recreation Access Cost Share program, which was awarded in 2017. The grant could not be utilized until October of 2017, so the project was postponed.
“We did not want to put a brand new boat dock in to sit over the winter with very little use, so we waited until our first opportunity this spring of ‘18,” said Riddle.
A new dock is being installed at the eastern ramp at the marina to replace the old ramp there, which did not meet ADA compliance standards.
“It sat too tall in the water for most boaters to utilize,” said Riddle.
The new dock’s total cost was $19,717. The grant through WRAC covers three-quarters of the costs at $14,787.75.
“It sits lower in the water so it’s easier to get in and out of your boat. It also is wider than the old one and has a ramp to it, therefore it’s also ADA compliant,” said Riddle.
New concrete was poured July 5 to connect the rolling boat dock to the ramp.
A new dock has many uses and benefits for the public.
“We have thousands of people who utilize West Lake Marina, many of which are from out of county. So hopefully it will be utilized by everyone,” said Riddle. “As soon as the dock goes in it can be utilized by the public immediately.”
The old boat dock will be moved across West Lake Marina by the Osceola Water Department and installed properly next week for use on the western side.