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Public input still needed for Lake Brophy County Park

Brad Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent, talks with Andrew Preston of Alexandria, about the master plan for Lake Brophy County Park. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)

Plans are still being developed for Lake Brophy County Park and the public still has a chance to offer feedback on what type of facilities and activities should be included.

During a public input meeting Wednesday, residents were asked to weigh in on what type of space they would use at the park, with four different options to choose from:

• Large covered outdoor space with a small indoor space.

• Small covered outdoor space with a large indoor space.

• Large covered outdoor space with large indoor space.

• Small covered outdoor space with small indoor space.

Adam Barnett from JLG Architects, who was on hand at the meeting to answer questions, said after the meeting that the majority of people voted for the larger spaces, both indoor and outdoor.

Options for what type of events and activities residents would like to see at the park, as well as events the public would host themselves, included: vendor markets; music in the park; family reunions; retirement parties; competitive races such as a triathlon; and weddings.

Barnett said the high-scoring items were larger community gatherings such as music events, and competitive sport or fitness events, along with medium-sized events such as family reunions and retirement parties.

Residents could also write down their own ideas. The responses included yoga, retreats, outdoor swimming pool, water park and camping, among others.

Brad Bonk, Douglas County park superintendent, said residents can still provide input to the county by taking the online survey, which will be active for a couple of weeks. The eight-question online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/lake-brophy.

Next month, installation is expected to begin on a 100-foot by 200-foot playground structure, with its completion targeted for early July. The equipment will take up just about a half-acre of land at the park and include a small zipline.

In addition, the beach, along with a newly-built bathhouse, should be completed and open this summer.

The 142-acre park is on the north side of Lake Brophy along the Central Lakes Trail, west of Alexandria. It is the first county park to be added to Douglas County's park system since 1990.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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