Sponsored by The Johnson County Conservation Board
The Johnson County Conservation Board is inviting the public to attend a Kent Park Lake Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park.
The program will provide the public an update on the progress of phase 1 and discussion on the preliminary plan for phase 2 of the lake restoration project. Officials from Stanley Consultants, Iowa DNR staff and JCCB staff will be on-hand to answer questions.
Phase 1 of the restoration project includes the rehabilitation of existing catch basins, construction of several new catch basins, the renovation of the parking lot at the boat ramp and handicap fishing pier and installation of a new ADA compliant restroom at the boat ramp parking area. The parking area renovation will include the installation of bio-retention cells, which will divert stormwater run-off from directly entering the lake. Extensive progress has been made on these features and contractors are on track to complete all of these improvements by this fall.
Phase 2 of the restoration project will include the removal of sediments from the lake basin, reshaping portions of the bank and lake basin, the installation of fish habitat and other items as identified by engineers and fisheries biologists.
In preparations for the work to be completed in Phase 2, F.W. Kent Park Lake was drained this spring. The original value was opened on Monday, April 24 and by June 1 the lake was empty, excluding the remain small stream channel. Staff and consultants continue to dewater the lake basin prior to phase 2 work commencing this winter.
For more information or questions regarding the Kent Park Lake Restoration Project please contact the Johnson County Conservation Board at (319) 645-2315.