A lakeside play area called “Discovery Cove” – a development called for in the master plan for Cross Creek County Park – is closer to reality after Washington County commissioners voting 2-0 Thursday to seek an engineering firm to design a boardwalk, trail and fishing pier near Route 50.
Commissioner Harlan Shober was absent.
Design costs will be paid from Cross Creek park natural gas lease funds.
Lisa Cessna, director of the Washington County Planning Commission, said the lake, because of liability concerns, will continue to be posted with “no swimming” signs and therefore the cove will not include a beach.
The boardwalk will increase accessibility to the water and give those who have no watercraft a chance to cast a fishing line. The county also plans to add a terraced lawn adjacent to the Route 50 boat launch.
The cove is at least three years from completion, Cessna said. Because it involves a body of water, the state Department of Environmental Protection must grant permits before each step of the project. The county plans to seek funding from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the project.
Commissioner Larry Maggi on Wednesday questioned Cessna about the Thompson Hill boat launch, the second constructed at Cross Creek, where lakeside parking for the public is not allowed.
“Everyone loves the place,” Maggi said. “That’s the only complaint I hear.”
Cessna said DEP wanted the parking lot away from the water, which means those driving vehicles to haul boats must move their cars or trucks to a hilltop lot and walk back to the water.