Today was one of those days. The neighborhood "clean up and green up" day as well as community update for the States Landing facility was a great success. Kudos and thanks to Carter Terenzini, Scott Kinmond, Donna Kuethe and Dan Sturgeon for going above and beyond to put this together and thank you also to the 30 or so community members who came armed with gardening tools and ready to work. The beach was raked, many plants were planted ( with guidance from Doug Grenier, landscape architect) the grass and grounds were cleaned up and a cedar fence was installed. Hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled by Russ Wakefield and Chris Shipp and then the possibilities for the area were presented and the public gave their feedback and input.
There is still a long way to go before even a final plan is developed beyond the current conceptual designs, but at least we now have an outline of what the process will entail and some very rough numbers in terms of cost. The biggest obstacle sounds like it will be dredging the water of the 1-4 feet of organic material ( muck as Carter referred to it) so that it can again be used as a swimming area. The cost ranges from $100k to $400k depending on how deep it is dredged. Controlling run off into the lake will also be a challenge but a necessary one that needs to be met. Parking, possible layout of the 7 or so acres as well as the boat launch area were also discussed.
As I said, there is a long way to go, but the possibilities for this beautiful town owned lakefront property are exciting. Next up, now that some direction has been provided, options will presented to the BoS for whatever the next steps may be.