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Shoreline Park to get new look

Renovations will include an extended walking trail

Published: 10:36AM November 1st, 2012
Shoreline Park to get new look

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian 2012

Shoreline Park on American Lake, home of the Triple Threat Triathlon, will have a new look when it re-opens in the spring. Renovations will include a larger playground area.

Shoreline Park will have a slightly different look when it opens for the 2013 season in the spring.

The seasonal swim area and park on JBLM Lewis North closed Labor Day weekend and later this month, renovations will begin to beautify the popular area.

“It’s a sweet little park and it gets an awful lot of use,” FMWR Project Manager Scott Ballentine said.

Irrigation work will be done and a larger playground will be installed. The walking trail from Shoreline Park to Russell Landing Marina will be extended around the peninsula. A hexagonal building will be constructed at Russell Landing for people to sit under a covered area.

The picnic area at Summer Cove at Russell Landing Marina is also under renovation. New picnic areas will be installed, and benches will be added to the new playground that was finished last year and a small parking area will be constructed.

Ballentine has been talking with historians on base to learn more about the history of the Shoreline Park area. He plans to put up historical placards throughout the area.

Work on the project is scheduled to begin Nov. 15 and be finished in time for the park to reopen in April.

No outdoor recreational activities are affected since the park is normally closed during the cold season. During its open season, Shoreline Park is a popular area where ID care holders can swim as well as boat, kayak and rent canoes.

Pavilions at Shoreline Park and Russell Landing Marina are available to reserve and rent. The park is also the setting for JBLM’s annual Triple Threat Triathlon series June through August.