New amenities coming to Lake Wilson Park
Lake Wilson Park will soon be getting several upgrades that will help serve the park’s surging popularity after the opening of a new bridge in summer 2018.
The Wilson City Council voted Thursday, March 7 to approve major improvements at the park, including a bathroom facility, improved boat ramp and new boat docks, sidewalks near parking areas, paved parking, and landscaping enhancements. Also included is a new pedestrian bridge over the dam.
“The City Council is excited to be making a great park even better,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. ”Lake Wilson Park will truly be a first-class park once we finish these improvements. I look forward to seeing even more families enjoying the park.”
All aspects of the park will be designed to reflect the natural beauty of the lake and park.
“The use of Lake Wilson after the completion of the bridge and the walking trail has increased tenfold,” said David Lee, Wilson Parks and Recreation Director. “The new plan for the park focuses on the beautiful sights around the water, nature, and passive recreation opportunities.”
Work will begin immediately on final site plans and permitting. As soon as all permits are approved, construction will begin and is expected to take six months. During construction sections of the park may be closed temporarily. All disruptions will be communicated once construction begins.
Wilson City Manager Grant Goings said he will continue to recommend parks improvement projects in the city budget. Several projects were identified in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan presented in 2017.
“The Wilson community has shown us they want offerings like Lake Wilson Park,” Goings said. “Our parks system is enjoyed by residents and visitors in all age ranges, we want to continue to improve our offerings to add to Wilson’s quality of life.”
Lake Wilson Park is located at 4621 Lake Wilson Road N. The park includes a 2-mile-plus trail that circles the lake. The park also is now home to an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing, a small playground, a canoe/kayak launch, and a boat ramp.