Work could begin by fall on the Papillion area's second lake and recreation area.
The proposed $17 million lake, near 132nd Street and Cornhusker Road, just north of the Werner Park stadium, will be about 135 acres.
The project is a partnership of the City of Papillion, Sarpy County and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. It is designed to provide additional flood control and recreational areas, and to spur development in the area.
Amanda Grint, project manager with the NRD, said plans for the project should be final by the end of June. Grint said she wants bidding to start in July for construction to start in September.
The lake will be bigger by about 35 acres of water than the Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area, which is south of Highway 370 and west of 96th Street. Walnut Creek, also a flood-control reservoir constructed by the NRD, opened in 1999 and was taken over by Papillion in 2007.
The projected date for Papillion to take control of the still-unnamed lake is 2025, but Grint said it will probably happen much sooner. The project is outside of Papillion's city limits but within its zoning jurisdiction.
Mark Stursma, planning director of Papillion, said that the level of development around the lake will be a deciding factor in annexation.
“The agreement calls for us to do it, but that's only if it's adjacent to city limits when the time comes,” he said.
The NRD considers the lake a priority for flood control of the west branch of Papio Creek. “The project has been a part of many years of study (that have) gone into a watershed management plan for most communities in the metro area,” Grint said.
The reservoir will contain a drainage area that helps alleviate flooding by allowing water to pool before heading farther down to the Missouri River.
Plans also call for two picnic shelters, a walking trail, bathrooms and a boat ramp. While boats will be allowed, a no-wake rule will be enforced, meaning no Jet Skis or water skiing.
Future recreational developments are a near-certain possibility, like soccer fields or a horse trail, Grint said, but those would be up to Papillion to develop and maintain.