The city is looking at the possibility of constructing a small parking lot for people to use when they visit Pine Lake.
The site eyed for the seven-space lot is off Surrey Drive to the west of the pond.
“I think that’s a wonderful idea,” said City Councilor Frank Nicastro.
Nicastro said the lot would make it easier for residents to use the Forestville park.
The Pine Lake Committee is also looking into a dock that would allow handicapped people to fish in the pond. It’s also considering a trail around the pond, though that would take the approval of some private property owners.
Leo Bonola, a member of the committee, said the improvements would provide “something for the kids to do” at the park.
“It’s something that I think would be really great for families and Forestville,” Bonola said.
Nicastro said the state Department of Environmental Protection told him the $150,000 leftover from dredging the pond the pond four years ago can be used to improve the park.
The city got $700,000 nearly a decade ago to dredge the pond. It completed the work in 2004 for less than expected.
Nicastro said that the parking lot would have two spots for handicapped people and five regular spaces. He said engineers anticipate it would cost about $35,000 if the lot is made of gravel and $56,000 if it’s paved.
As it is, Nicastro said, parking near Pine Street is awful.
“Right now, you take your life in your hands just pulling in and out of Pine Lake,” said Nicastro, who is also the 79th District’s state representative.
Bonola said the “safest and the best” place for a new lot is off Surrey Drive.
The Park Board recently gave its unanimous backing to the concept.
Pine Lake is located between Birch and Emmett streets. It is bounded on the north by Pine Street and on the south by city-owned swampland.
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