ROGERS (KFSM) – Construction began on Lake Atalanta in July 2015, and progress is slowly being made.
The park will include five pavilions, which City of Rogers facilities development manager David Hook said are 90 percent complete, the Clark Pavilion being the largest.
"It is our most heavily used pavilion as far as rentals for birthday parties, reunions, things of that nature. It's been totally redone. We've left a little bit of the historic fireplace that was here,” said Hook.
The Clark Pavilion will have a playground and restrooms, which previously weren't there. There will also be restrooms at two other of the pavilions.
"We are working on the trail around the lake currently and just finished the piling for the boardwalk that's going to be on the lake and working to pour the concrete trail on top of it now,” he said.
The boardwalk will be hovering about a foot off the lake, he said, and will have some bump-outs for fishing.
Other neat features include blinds for nature observation, a serenity garden and a natural playground.
Hook said it feels great to finally see the whole park coming together but he knows there are still several months of hard work ahead.
"We are actually raising the elevation of walnut and realigning it slightly so that pedestrian circulation will actually go under the road instead of across it," he said.
The trails on the south side of the lake are open but Hook told us hook to please observe the other trails that are marked with closed signs.
The City of Rogers expects the entire Lake Atalanta Park area to be finished and back open to the public by late October as long as weather permits.