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While work on the dam has concluded, a broader construction project is just starting at Lake Wilson.
Officials initially sought Wilson City Council approval in March for a nearly $900,000 project. In August, the council approved a nearly $560,000 contract to begin work this month. PLT Construction is set to improve parking and docks while adding lighting, sidewalks, boat parking, bathrooms, benches and an open space for picnics by the spring.
“The city has invested heavily in our athletic facilities and we are proud that Gillette Park has been a great addition to our community,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. “But not everyone plays sports, so with our new Rotary Park, this investment at Lake Wilson and future projects to come, we are focusing on outdoor amenities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.”
The first phase of construction will target the parking areas, which will be cleared and graded before being paved. To accomplish this, crews will have to close the areas and open a temporary lot accessible from Lake Wilson Road with limited spots on the other side of the dam.
Access to the boat ramp and kayak launch will be closed while the playground is removed and upgraded. Officials said the walking trail will be accessible, but the loop will be incomplete as residents will not be allowed in the construction zones.
“Since the bridge was built last year, Lake Wilson Park has been incredibly popular. We understand that the park closures are an inconvenience and we are doing everything we can to minimize the disruption,” said Rebecca Agner, communications and marketing director for the city of Wilson. “Although the full loop will not be open during construction, walkers and runners can still use the walking trail except for the parking lot areas.”
The bulk of the construction will happen during the winter in anticipation of a spring 2020 park dedication. Agner said residents can stay informed about construction closures through the city’s social media accounts and in The Wilson Times.
“This beautiful location needs to be enjoyed by our citizens, and our project will improve access and overall enjoyment of the park,” Rose said.
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