WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After six years of planning and executing, the boardwalk at Lake Wichita is complete and makes its official debut Friday.
Residents are invited to a ribbon cutting to celebrate this addition to the lake.
Many have questioned the 155-foot boardwalk, saying it seems to be more of a pier.
Dave Coleman, Chairperson of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee said they built the biggest boardwalk they could with the funds they had available.
“We call it a boardwalk because that’s the traditional name back when there was a pavilion here and this was the center of the entertainment community in Wichita Falls,” Coleman said.
It took about nine months to finish the $1.2 million construction of the boardwalk.
$500,000 of which was from a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant $600,000 from donors and the rest from the 4B board.
In addition to that., $400,000 was used to pay for an Army Corps of Engineer permit and another cost for design.
Coleman said he is aware it is more like a pier but calling it a boardwalk holds sentimental value.
The ribbon cutting kicks of at 10 a.m. Friday, and the mayor will be there.
Since a permit was approved more than 10 people can attend but masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.