2019 LONG LAKE PARK SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
The City of Lacey and its Parks and Recreation Department’s top priority is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of its parks and recreational areas for all parks users. Due to concerns about the safety of Long Lake Park’s swimming area, the City hired a professional, aquatic-safety consultant to assess the beach, dock, and swimming area and provide recommendations for park improvements.
Based on the consultant’s recommendations, the City will begin making changes to Long Lake Park on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, to continue to meet their goal of providing safe parks. The changes include:
- Installing an additional security camera.
- Removing the dock.
- Removing underwater safety hazards(i.e. logs; cement blocks; and large, tangled bunches of geotextile fabric).
During the safety improvement project, the City will close the park for 8 days over a 10-day period. However, the park will remain open over the weekend. During the 8-day closure, walk-in visitors and vehicles will not have access to any part of the park including the swim area, volleyball courts, and trails.
Park Closure Schedule
CLOSED: Tuesday, May 28-Friday, May 31 for underwater hazards removal
OPEN: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2 for weekend use
CLOSED: Monday, June 3-Thursday, June 6 for dock removal
Although the dock will no longer be available, park visitors can still enjoy access to the water from the shore. The small water craft (such as kayaks and paddleboards) launch area, a popular addition in the 2018 season, will also remain.
The City plans to repurpose and relocate the dock to Long's Pond at Woodland Creek Community Park as n upgraded fishing dock, as swimming is not allowed at this location. The dock is available for people under age 14 or over age 70 to fish at the park.
The second phase of the consultant’s assessment will include a Conceptual Site Plan for possible future park improvements and amenities. The City expects the plan to be available in the next few month and we will post it on this webpage.