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Rain delays Boys Ranch lake work

Bedford parks employees are dredging the lake at the Boys Ranch Park as part of a major overhaul. The city has relocated many turtles, fish and other animals at the lake.
Bedford parks employees are dredging the lake at the Boys Ranch Park as part of a major overhaul. The city has relocated many turtles, fish and other animals at the lake. Star-Telegram

The fall rains are putting a damper on the makeover of the Boys Ranch lake.

The wet weather is delaying the work to reshape the lake, and construction won’t be finished until January, said Natalie Foster, a spokeswoman for the city.

“We appreciate the public’s continuing cooperation in remaining out of the construction area for safety reasons,” she said.

In August, the lake was dredged so that work could go forward to reshape the lake and remove an island that was causing silt and animal waste to build up, meaning there was less oxygen for wildlife. The island will be replaced with a fountain and the lake will also be deeper so that there is better oxygen flow in the water.

Foster said workers installed a pump that can run for long periods of time to keep the lake from filling when it rains.

The lake is being dredged as part of the first phase to improve the popular park. Funds came from a $3.2 million bond package voters approved in 2013 and a $100,000 grant from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

When the lake was dredged, the city relocated turtles and fish to Lake Worth, and two alligator snapping turtles were moved to Lake Grapevine.

City workers also put buckets of water along the shore to encourage the ducks to move to the nearby creek, she said.

When the work at the lake is finished, it will be restocked with 800 bass, and the Parks and Wildlife Department plans to build a fish habitat and research area complete with rocks, pea gravel and aquatic plants.

Other improvements slated for phase 1 include building a fishing pier, lining a drainage channel with stone and building three bridges across the channel to make it easier to get from one side of the park to the other. Other amenities include a playground, and picnic areas.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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