A recreation trail along Lake Maloney, recently completed, will be extended 0.3 miles to reach the state recreation campground at the inlet, organizer Jim States told the county commissioners Monday.States said work is expected to begin and finish this fall on the extension. It will be the final section (phase 3) of the north part of the trail.
When complete, the trail will run along the west side of the lake.
States said phase 3 will cost around $75,000 and the Lake Maloney Property Owners association will pay the cost.
Looking ahead, one more section of the trail (phase 4) will be built on the south end of the lake, from Jaycee Park to South Beach. States said preliminary plans are in the works for that, and he asked the commissioners for tentative approval to proceed and received informal approval.
At the suggestion of Commissioner Joe Hewgley, the board agreed to require a written resolution for phase 4 too.
Combined, phases 1 and 2 of the recreation trail are 2.4 miles long, States said later.
He said the homeowners paid for phase 1. Phase 2, which was recently completed, was funded in large part by a federal and state grant of $250,000.
That grant process requires written agreements between Lincoln County, the Lake Maloney Homeowner’s Association, Lincoln County, the Nebraska Public Power District and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
States said phase 4 will be grant funded, involving all parties.
The trail is made of 8-foot-wide concrete, primarily for the use of walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
On Sunday at 5 p.m., the ribbon will be cut on the phase 2 segment, States said.
And, the dedication of Jack's Pond will precede the ribbon cutting.
The pond is on the edge of the Lake Maloney Golf Course, along South Maloney Road.
Jack and Patti Harkreader are long-time residents of Lake Maloney and Jack is well-known as a master fisherman who offered his expertise to young fisherman for decades.
It was Jack’s idea to construct a bigger and better pond than the 3-4 deep pond along the Inlet in front of Kansas Point Campground.
In 2004, the pond near Kansas Point was dredged, fortified with artificial vegetation, and stocked with fish for young fisherman to catch. It worked great for a few years, but in the longer run, the pond wouldn’t hold water unless a pump ran continually, which became cost prohibitive, so the pond went dry.
Earlier this summer, the Lake Maloney Property Owners Association voted to move the “Jack's Pond” sign to the pond beside the golf course that has been called the Woodman of the World Pond. That pond will officially be renamed Jack’s Pond on Sunday, States said.
A youth fishing dock has also been built near the pond, donated by Dr. John Haugen. And a shelter / resting hut has been built nearby, thanks largely to a $14,000 donation by the Twin Platte Natural Resources District. The hut contains memorial benches as well as plaques to honor the sponsors of the trail.