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UPDATE: Eau Claire County board approves $10M in upgrades at Lake Altoona County Park

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UPDATE -- A major face lift will be coming to the Lake Altoona County Park, but how to pay for the project and when it will be implemented, remains up in the air.

Tuesday, the Eau Claire County Board unanimously approved a master plan for the county park. The plans call for updating parking lots, pavilions, lighting, landscaping and amenities. The project would be broke up into three phases, costing almost $10 million total. 

Chairman of the Parks and Forest Committee, Pat LaVelle, told News 18 that there is currently no money allotted for the project in the 2018 county budget. Organizers will now apply for a plethora of grants to help with funding, but LaVelle said any match grants would likely have to wait until 2018.

LaVelle said a time line for the upgrades will likely depend on those grants.
 



Altoona (WQOW) -  One of Eau Claire County's most popular parks could get some big changes that come with a big price tag.

Tuesday night the county board is expected to vote on supporting a master plan for Lake Altoona County Park. 

The plans call for updating parking lots, pavilions, lighting, landscaping and amenities. The project would be broke up into three phases, costing almost $10 million total. 

County documents show staff expect to apply for grants to help pay for it, which typically require a 50-50 match of local funds. Officials will figure out funding, then figure out a time line. 

The county board meets Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Altoona (WQOW) - A popular summer destination could be getting a major face lift.

At their meeting Tuesday, the Eau Claire Parks and Forest Committee discussed improvements at Lake Altoona County Park. They ultimately decided to postpone a vote to further their discussion at an upcoming meeting.

County leaders are hoping the new plans which include a larger parking lot, a splash pad for kids and new structures like a four-season building and a wedding venue will bring even more people to the area.

"As more people come to the area, they are looking for places like this park where they can go and take their kids, and have an afternoon picnic, splash around in the water and have other opportunities," said Eau Claire County Parks and Forestry Director, Josh Pedersen. "These are the kinds of things that definitely attract people to this area and keep people living here in the Eau Claire area."

If the plan is approved in the future, it will go to the county board for final approval. 

There is currently no funding in place for the estimated $12 million project in the 2017 budget, but they hope to secure funding from the county in next year's budget and through grants from the DNR in order to begin construction in 2018.

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