DAVENPORT, IA (KWQC) – A local beach is set to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend.
West Lake Park Beach in Davenport was closed in 2019 and dried up due to water erosion. Once the lakes were drained, crews removed mud, debris, and tires from the bottom of the lake. They have installed a number of habitats, artificial fish structures, rock mounds and spawning beds for the fish. The beach will be open to the public on Saturday.
“So what we’ve done is a lot of drainage work,” said West Lake Park manager J.B. Graham. “We now have 9 holding ponds that feed our four main lakes and catch a lot of sediment, silt and nutrients before they go into our lakes.”
With the work done, the park will be open this weekend, but starting June 3rd they will be open every day throughout the summer.
Along with the reopening of the beach, there are concessions, lifeguards on duty and their newest attraction, a swimming pool suitable for both children and adults.
“I think we’re going to be really busy,” Graham added. “It’s going to be a good time. Our park, itself, is always busy on the holiday, Memorial Day weekend. Our grounds are full and we expect a lot of people to be out on the water using the park.”
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