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Lake Wichita Study Committee Reveals What Attractions Residents Want to See at the Lake

As stage four water restrictions continue and lakes continue to fall lower, it may be hard to envision boating, fishing and swimming at Lake Wichita.
As stage four water restrictions continue and lakes continue to fall lower, it may be hard to envision boating, fishing and swimming at Lake Wichita. That is part of the dream of a group of residents hoping to bring the lake back to its glory days.

The Lake Wichita Study Committee has been working on a plan to bring business and recreation opportunities to the lake for a few months now and Tuesday they drew out a specific plan.

In November, the committee wrapped up a survey that told them what Wichita Falls and Lakeside City residents want to see happen with the lake. Tuesday they took those responses and mapped out a plan to make it happen.

Right now, attractions going into their plan include a wake boarding park, water playground made out of inflatables, a retail park, kayak courses, sail boat rentals, a pavilion and extension of the walking and biking trail.

Chairman Stephen Garner said, "This is a committee of ideas and what we're putting together is what we feel is a best case scenario for the lake and everything is going to have to require city council approval."

The city's planning committee will now take the plan and prepare a presentation for the city council in in February.

If they approve the plan, it then goes to the Army Corp of Engineers for approval.

At their January meeting, they plan to have a cost estimate. If the Corp of Engineers deems the plan feasible, the committee will start working on fundraising.
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