Lake Wilson Park construction starts

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Wilson’s hottest park is undergoing some maintenance and upgrades, but city officials are working hard to keep amenities accessible at Lake Wilson Park during the construction.

“The city intends to keep Lake Wilson Park open during these construction projects,” said Rebecca Agner, communications and marketing director for the city of Wilson. “Conditions may require sections of the park to be closed temporarily from time to time. If closures are necessary, we will communicate through the city’s website and social media channels.”

Signs for detours or closures also will be posted in the park.

Water treatment work got underway this week as crews replace the dam gates, which are original from 1962. The construction is expected to take six to eight weeks.

“The lake level will be lowered slightly from time to time during this construction period,” Agner said.

Meanwhile, parks crews are working to obtain permits for a $891,750 project that was debuted to the city council in March. In addition to the 2-mile walking trail, disc golf course and prime fishing opportunities, the proposed improvements include a new bridge over the dam, paved parking, sidewalks for accessibility, a bathroom, improved boat ramps and docks as well as a small dog park. Construction is likely to take about six months to complete once the necessary state permits are obtained.

“We’re excited about the improvements at Lake Wilson Park,” Agner concluded. “The work over the next few months will preserve the park for us all to enjoy for many years to come.”