Rowing boats are poised to make a comeback to Lincoln’s Boultham Park lake as part of the latest scheme to improve the visitor experience.
The City of Lincoln Council wants to build a pontoon for 10 boats and a viewing and seating area at the Rookery Lane end of the water to recreate what was once a popular pastime.
And the move will be seen by city residents who’ve been around for long enough as a return to the good old days.
What’s more, it would be great news for fishing too.
Two fishing platforms are proposed on the southern edge of the lake where the water is deeper and the area has shade.
The lake is set to be cleaned by new aeration equipment to stop the build up of silt, help the fish population thrive and encourage more wildlife – meaning it would be great news for wildlife as well.
The place should all look even better if it goes ahead, too.
Naturalistic woodland plants would be grown around the lake and under trees, bird and bat boxes installed, and areas of wildflower and grass meadows sown.
Work could also be done to restore worn away lake edges, improve uneven footpaths and install more seats and picnic tables.
The council is seeking planning permission for the project. Pending approval and National Lottery Heritage Fund money, work on the improvements would start in 2020.
LDA Design’s report for the council states: “A timber pontoon will be introduced with seating to provide appropriate infrastructure for boating activities and viewing.
“Following consultation comments, the proposed fishing pegs have been relocated from the northern lake edge to the southern, to coincide with areas of deeper water and more shade.
“Surveys of the lake and water quality have identified significant silt build-up, including decaying vegetation which is having a negative impact on the depth and overall quality of the water.
“Improvements will be achieved through the introduction of an aeration system which will begin a long sustainable process of oxidization of the lake.
“This will gradually improve the water quality and clarity, control odours and promote biodiversity to the lake and the surrounding setting.”
People gave the proposals their enthusiastic backing during consultation in February this year.
One woman who takes part in the weekly park run said: “Delighted about boats.
“Happy memories for many. Please consider disabled access to boats.”
Another consultee remarked: “Marvellous idea. I can picture bright colours and boats.”
One woman said the swampy area at the eastern end of the lake needed attention.
She wrote: “I would like to see seating on south side and a bench dedicated to ex-parkworkers, reintroduction of the park warden or ranger service, or CCTV to stop vandalism and anti-social behaviour.”
Another woman has this to say: “Put signs up for litter removal. CCTV to be more active.
“Planting to encourage wildlife. Improve parking round the area. Plant more trees to replace loss.”
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