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6/2/06

Ready for Restrooms: Lake Alan Henry

It is anticipated this year more than 70,000 people will use Lake Alan Henry.  With one public boat ramp that causes a bit of congestion on the weekends.

Three years ago, the city increased the user fees from $3 to $8 on the weekend and annual family fees from $110 to $180.   In those three years, the city has accumulated $1.1 million.  With that extra revenue, the city was supposed to build new restrooms. But what happened to those plans? We asked the city that question.

"Two years ago or so, we came to council with a plan to build restrooms with showers.  We called it a comfort station with shade and vending machines.  The council at that time decided to put it on hold until litigation with developers around the lake," said Randy Truesdell, Community Services Director for Lubbock Parks and Recreation.

That litigation involved easement issues and private boat docks.  Recently, most of the issues were resolved.  Now, Truesdell is just waiting.

"Council has still not given direction to move forward with this," said Truesdell.

We tracked down new Mayor David Miller. He says he is 100 percent ready to move forward. "The business about recreation, whether they are good clean adequate restrooms, or whether it is camping areas.  It is time to "rock and roll" so to speak and allow citizens of Lubbock to really start enjoying that lake as it should be," said Miller.

Councilwoman Linda DeLeon is ready to back it up as well.   "I think with the new council we need to put it back on the agenda and talk about it to see if we can get some facilities.  Not just for residents but more for the people who travel to Lake Alan Henry," said DeLeon.

City planners are also ready to turn the land around the lake into a hiking and camping area. The plan includes camp sites, cabins, one more boat ramp, trails and other amenities.  Its projected cost,  $20 million.

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