Arlington’s New Lake House Open for Event Rentals, Dedication Set for Thursday

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The City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department will host a formal grand opening and building dedication for its new Lake House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The building is located at 6021 W. Arkansas Ln., within Richard Simpson Park on the shoreline of Lake Arlington. The celebration is free to the public.

Arlington Parks and Recreation Director Lemuel Randolph will emcee the event, which will include remarks from Mayor Jeff Williams and District 4 Council Member Kathryn Wilemon. The dedication will also include recognition of the parks department’s recent NRPA Gold Medal honor as one of the top parks and rec agencies in the country. Read more about that honor here: https://gold.naturallyfun.org/

Construction of the Lake House was part of $3.5 million in phase one improvements at Richard Simpson Park that commenced in October 2017. The project was funded through the 2008 Bond Referendum and Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. Other phase one improvements include:

  • Resurfaced/re-striped parking lot
  • New lighting layout in the parking lot
  • Concrete walks from the park to the dock
  • Landscaping and irrigation around the Lake House and parking lot
  • New park monument sign
  • Automatic gate entry into the parking lot
  • Clean up and regrading of the lake shore edge
  • Enhanced vehicular circulation for boaters to the dock

Amenities of the new Lake House include a banquet hall (max seating capacity of 140), large catering kitchen, spacious patio, conference room, restrooms and lake staff offices. The building is also equipped with Wi-Fi and A/V equipment.

The new facility will replace the existing Richard Simpson Park lake activity room and office, which was constructed in 1960. This building was used for a variety of rental and recreational activities over the years. Due to its location in the 100-year floodplain, and the physical conditions and accessibility challenges of the building, options for reinvesting in the structure were very limited.

In 2015, the City Council directed staff to proceed with the design of phase one improvements to Richard Simpson Park. The design plans were completed in June 2017 and presented to City Council for approval in August 2017, sealing a contract with Fort Worth-based Steele & Freeman, Inc.

Richard Simpson Park is a nine-acre city park on the shoreline of Lake Arlington. It is one of two Arlington parks that provide public access to Lake Arlington for recreational usage. The park is named after Richard W. Simpson, a life-long resident of Arlington who served on the Arlington Police Department’s Special Tactical Unit and as Lake Officer for 13 years. During his tenure as Lake Officer, Simpson received three lifesaving awards for his service to the community.

Residents received a sneak peek of the Lake House at an Open House that was held on Sunday, Feb. 17. More than 1,000 people were in attendance to tour the new facility and explore rental pricing and availability.

Click here to learn more about the Richard Simpson Park Master Plan.

 

3 thoughts on “Arlington’s New Lake House Open for Event Rentals, Dedication Set for Thursday”

  1. THE MONEY SPENT ON THIS FACILITY COULD HAVE
    BUILT A NICE ALL NIGHT FISHING BARGE.
    WHEN I WAS YOUNG THERE WAS ONE THERE.
    IT WOULD BE NICE FOR SENIORS.
    BUT, WHO CARES WHAT SENIORS THINK

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