A new dock and boat houses are coming to Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, according to plan approved by the Maricopa County Board of on Wednesday.
The new construction is going to cost the Maricopa County and the Arizona Game and Fish Department almost $900,000.
“Today the county verified that we would be participating and granting funding to help fund a new dock at the Scorpion Bay Marina,” said Clint Hickman, the Maricopa County Supervisor.
“We found that there is a lot of people utilizing Lake Pleasant, and this is a way to provide a little more infrastructure to public safety in that park.”
The new dock won’t be open to the public, and it’ll be used for county officials to manage the lake more efficiently.
“We were finding out that as the park continued to mature, we found out that when it comes to public safety, some of the activities that were occurring was occurring right next to the Scorpion Bay Marina, where you had quite possibly people misbehaving, or DUIs being processed,” said Hickman.
“The area where it was occurring was right next to the concessionaire, so I don’t think a lot of families want to see that. So now we’re going to move that part and build a new marina that’s a little bit closer to the land and little bit further away from the general public.”
The dock will also be offered to Coast Guard boats when they’re responding to accidents. According to Hickman, the new dock is a vital addition that’ll help keep visitors safe.
“There’s usually a general rise, especially when the economy is going well, people tend to go out and utilize our parks more, and the Lake Pleasant Park is one of our top performers when it comes to attendance and use.”
“And it’s extremely large with a whole lot of water, so we just think that this is a way to participate in the growth factor we think is going to occur at Lake Pleasant for the next several decades,” said Hickman
Construction companies are currently bidding on the new construction, and there is no timeline for completion.