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7/31/2012 10:29:00 AM
Cataract Lake improvement breaks ground
Rose Newbold, city of Williams Recreation Director, Williams City Manager Brandon Buchanan, Williams Mayor John Moore, city of Williams Parks and Rec Commissioner Tad Wygal, Director of Coconino County Parks and Rec Judy Weiss, Coconino County Supervisor Matt Ryan, Coconino County Parks and Rec Commissioner Carol Glassburn and Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta break ground on the Cataract Lake improvement project July 26. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Rose Newbold, city of Williams Recreation Director, Williams City Manager Brandon Buchanan, Williams Mayor John Moore, city of Williams Parks and Rec Commissioner Tad Wygal, Director of Coconino County Parks and Rec Judy Weiss, Coconino County Supervisor Matt Ryan, Coconino County Parks and Rec Commissioner Carol Glassburn and Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta break ground on the Cataract Lake improvement project July 26. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Glassburn talks about the importance of the project from under her gold hard hat. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Glassburn talks about the importance of the project from under her gold hard hat. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Williams-Grand Canyon News


WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Officials from Coconino Parks and Recreation, the County Board of Supervisors, the city of Williams and city of Williams Parks and Recreation committee all convened at Cataract Lake July 26 for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Cataract Lake is set to receive an overhaul thanks to a collaboration between the city of Williams and Coconino County Parks and Recreation Commissions. The approved plan for the recreation area eliminates overnight camping and will transform around 15 acres into an enhanced day-use park.

The $1.5 million redevelopment of Cataract Lake County Park will be funded by the Coconino Parks and Open Space Program (CPOS), a sales tax initiative approved by Coconino County voters in 2002. The funding is the result of a capital projects tax of one-eighth of one cent per dollar on all sales within Coconino County over an estimated term of 10 years.

Proceeds from the tax are dedicated to land acquisition and park development.

Carol Glassburn, who sits on the Parks and Recreation Commission at the city and county levels, said the new construction will feature new ramadas, restrooms, fishing docks, a playground, more parking and walking paths.

Construction is slated to begin this week and finish sometime in the fall.

Public review meetings will be held Sept. 14 and Nov. 4 in Williams and Nov. 9 in Flagstaff.

The design concept was originally approved by the WPRC during their Nov. 4 meeting. The Coconino P&R Commission approved the concept Nov. 9 before eventually being approved by the city of Williams and Board of Supervisors.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Thats Great Comprehension: Your the one who is criticized people and giving them a bad name, when you posted your comment that read, "When people are driving in the woods drunk." It made it sound as if, people would not drive in the woods unless they drink. If you want to see more of the forest, and less camp trailers on the main road, maybe you should hike into the woods. Did you go to the meetings about this campground closing? This is not the first time the public was informed that the campground would be closed to camping. If you did not attend the meetings on this issue, then your a day late. Please read this twice, so you can understand my position.

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Article comment by: thats great comprehension

Williams Resident:

The "So when YOU are driving around getting drunk, you will see more and more trailers next to the road becaue they can't go any where else." I wrote that in response to what YOU had said earlier about driving around and seeing trailers instead of wildlife.. If I was referring to myself, I would have said, "so when I'm driving around drunk" to you get it now? Please quit, you are giving the Williams residents who know how to read a bad name.


Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

To thats great: Reading comprehension for you. Your statement was, when you are driving around drunk, you will see more trailers next to the road. You are the one who makes NO SENSE! Maybe you've driven in the woods drunk, too many times.

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: thats not great

How in the heck did "when YOU drive around drunk" which is what I said, turn into "you stated that you think it is ok for campers to drink and drive on roads, that are not the main road, because no one will see them?". I certainly don't condone drinking and driving! Sorry Willilams Resident, you make NO SENSE!

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: thats great

Williams Resident: What are you talking about? I never said it was ok to drink and drive. Geez, maybe a reading comprehension class is needed, if that is what you came up with. The forest is supposed to be open, because it belongs to everyone, and it does not belong to the FS. It is supposed to be managed by them. I don't like the 30 foot rule for camp trailers, and I don't like closing down Cataract as a camping lake. I am very happy that the general public can still back pack in and camp where ever they want to though. Please read this twice so you can understand my position.

Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

To Thats Great: The forest belongs to everyone, but please remember it is where the animals live. Why should the Forest Service let people camp anywhere they want, and invade more of their space. You stated that you think its ok for campers to drink and drive on roads, that are not the main road, because no one will see them? That makes perfect sense. I am sorry that you can no longer camp at Cataract, since it holds lots of memories for you.

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012
Article comment by: thats great

I like to camp there because I have been camping there since I was a kid, the first time being in 1975. The 30 foot rule means you must camp 30 feet from the road unless you back pack in. So when you are driving around getting drunk, you will see more and more trailers next to the road because they can't go any where else. The forest isn't owned by you just because you are a Williams resident.

Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

To Thats Great: Why would anyone want to camp that close to Williams, anyway. We have other lakes, Kaibab, Dogtown, and Whitehorse. The 30 foot camping rule does not mean that you can't camp on the forest. We also have 4 RV Parks in Williams. Would you like a sign that reads, "Camp Wherever You Want To." We don't want to go for a ride in the woods and see nature and animals, just camping trailers, and people.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: thats great

That is nice, a great camping lake no more. The forest service already screwed up camping in the forest with their 30 foot rule, now the powers at be come up with this "improvement". Williams should just put up a sign "no campers welcome"!!! Oh yeah don't forget you will be cited for wading also.



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