The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is scheduled to open bids for an estimated $1 million renovation and improvement project this winter at the marina in Seneca Lake Park on Thursday.
The bids will be for a three-part project that includes replacing a deteriorating wooden deck, shoreline stabilization and waterfront improvements at the facility on Lashley Road in southern Guernsey County.
The engineer's estimate for the project is $1,072,271.
"This is an exciting project and it will be really nice once it's done," said Ken Ricker of ms consultants inc. in Columbus who is in charge of designing the project.
Ricker said the improvements will bring the marina in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Work will begin after the the annual drawdown of Seneca Lake that is currently slated for Nov. 1, and the contract being awarded by the MWCD to the winning bidder.
"Once we receive a successful bid and the contract is awarded, the work will begin and I believe that will be in December," Ricker said.
The plan calls for a wooden, open air deck used to access Dockside Restaurant to be demolished and replaced with a new deck that include a pavilion for shade while dining outside.
The work will also include new lighting and ADA-compliant walkways that give visitors access to the waterfront below the restaurant.
"The old deck had deteriorated over the years," said Ricker. "The walkways will allow people to access the new deck and get closer to the waterfront."
The deck work and walkway improvements are scheduled to be completed by March 15 to allow Dockside Restaurant to open for the season. It is estimated to cost $550,000, according to Ricker.
The shoreline stabilization project will include a 500-foot seawall that is being added in front of the four docks closest to the marina building.
"It will start at the dock on the point to the south and wind its way around to the other three docks and on to the north side," said Ricker. "That area has been subject to erosion over the years and the seawall will shore it up."
Ricker said the work will include relocating some utilities at that location and other minor projects.
As for other waterfront improvements, a concrete pad will replace a gravel area behind the marina and a concrete driveway will replace the gravel drive that continues to the south side of the building.
Ricker said new sidewalks will be installed to give people access to the four docks at the marina.
"We are also going to renovate some grassy areas to the south and, if the budget allows, there could be paving done at that location," he added.
The shoreline work will be the first completed with a Feb. 15 deadline.
"We want the seawall to be above the summer pool by that time," said Ricker.
The rest of the work with the exception of some minor projects and punch list items are expected to be completed by April 15. The final deadline for all work set at May 15, weather permitting.
"We want this to be finished prior to Memorial Day weekend," said Ricker.
Since construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding while also providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy.
Seneca Lake celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017.
Seneca Lake Park offers fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking for visitors.
Originally published by the Daily Jeffersonian.