The only public access point to Lakewood’s fourth-largest lake could close for two weeks in September.
The city says the boat ramp at Lake Louise needs a stronger foundation. Every year, it spends $3,000 to $6,000 to pour crushed rock to shore up the ramp. Every year, part of that rock washes away.
The ramp, which was installed when Lake Louise belonged to Pierce County, was closed for four days last month as crews applied the temporary fixes.
Now, Lakewood says the boat ramp needs a permanent fix so it’s safe enough for the hundreds of boaters who use it every year.The Lakewood City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a $105,000 plan to protect Lake Louise from flooding. Included in that funding is $16,000 for improvements to the boat ramp, such as installing new pilings and using concrete instead of crushed rock.
Lake Louise isn’t the busiest of Lakewood’s boating locales, but during the summer, it sees lots of activity, spokesman Jeff Brewster said.
The city could close it for two weeks in September to let the concrete dry. That would be an inconvenience to local boaters.
The ramp is located off 104th Street Southwest and was one of the lake access points that residents talked about cutting off to the public. Brewster said that likely won’t happen, as evidence by the facelift the city plans on giving.
“We’re hoping this lasts for years,” Brewster said.