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July 10, 2013

Crystal Beach update topic at parks board

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Woodward, Okla. — FISHING PIER AND SOFTBALL FIELDS

In discussion about other activity at Crystal Beach Park, Mike Lowden, the city's director of facilities, gave a brief update about plans for a new accessible fishing pier to replace the old metal walking bridge on the southwest side of the lake.

Lowden said he is working with a building contractor who has done work on bridges "all over the U.S."  He said the contractor is in the process of "putting together some options for us to consider" about what type of substructure the new bridge/fishing pier should have.

Because the proposed new bridge/pier will be much wider than the current metal bridge, Lowden said that either "we'd have to find a way to shorten the span or find a different way to support it with a new substructure."  The current bridge is supported with a central post.

Lowden noted that a lot of other aspects about the new bridge/pier's construction, such as the type of beams used, will depend on the span of the new structure, which won't be determined for sure until a decision is made about the substructure.  Because of other construction activity, he indicated that the new pier could take a while.

"Between the miniature golf course and other projects at the park, there's a lot going on, but it's in the works," Lowden said of the pier.

One of the other major projects at Crystal Beach is the new softball complex.  While the softball fields were not listed as a discussion item on the Parks Board agenda, member Kathryn Upchurch asked Riffel for an update about a timeline on the project during the new business portion of Tuesday's meeting.

Upchurch was concerned about when play could return to Crystal Beach after having to spend this year's softball season playing games at Lions Park.

Riffel assured her  Parks Board that dirt work had already begun to prepare the site for the new fields, with sod to be placed soon so that it can have a good growing season in anticipation of opening the new softball complex for play next Spring.

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