Lake Nasworthy Improvement Meeting is Monday
Input on the draft of a plan to develop and improve Lake Nasworthy will be gathered at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive.
Citizens are encouraged to attend to share their feedback on the plan, which the City Council is expected to consider approving Nov. 5. The document can be viewed at cosatx.us/nasworthyplan.
The blueprint calls for five development zones around Lake Nasworthy, one of the most popular weekend destinations in all of West Texas:
- Zone 1: Action Sports. Zone 1 on Nasworthy’s western end would be developed for boat racing, wakeboarding, archery, mountain biking, trail running and camping.
- Zone 2: Harbor Village. Nasworthy’s southern end around the marina could accommodate a new marina, an improved Mary E. Lee Park beach, restaurants, a hotel, aquatic businesses, a triathlon staging area, a splash pad and party boats.
- Zone 3: Nature/Education. Enveloping Nasworthy’s northwestern and southwestern edges, programming would include a new home for the Nature Center and possibly a Family Entertainment Center.
- Zone 4: Special Opportunity. The site of a former power plant and of Gun Club Hill/Hillside Drive, this area would allow for a walk/jog/bike trail, windsurfing, a zip line, a hotel, residential development, and commercial/retail outlets along Knickerbocker Road.
- Zone 5: Natural Encounter. Nasworthy’s eastern shores and the site of a former hatchery would be the site of a birding center plus fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
“Lake Nasworthy is a tremendous asset, but we’ve barely realized its true potential,” said AJ Fawver, interim director of Development Services. “This plan provides a roadmap for enhancing the lake for our citizens and for its legions of seasonal visitors.”
Gateway Planning, a consultant hired through a formal process, crafted the plan following a series of meetings with the lake’s many stakeholders and with the public over a four-month span. Interest earnings from the Lake Nasworthy Trust Fund are funding the contract cost of $298,150 plus expenses, capped at $335,419.