Along with making biological improvements to the lake, enhancing accessibility at McFarland Park was a key theme that gave SCC great focus during this project.
Read about features below that were improved or added to make McFarland Park more accessible for all users:
ZERO-ENTRY PADDLING LAUNCH
A lower, paved ADA compliant trail now brings park users right to the water’s edge. Paddlers can now access the lake from a shallow-grade access launch, allowing them to enter the water with stability. This launch consists of a rock base, pea gravel and webbed matting to hold the rock in place, providing a soft base for stable footing.
Once the lake is full, several inches of water will cover the rock base of the paddling launch as pictured above.
Shoreline armoring was done throughout the lake -- this will prevent soil loss along the shores and provide increased accessibility to the shore in many locations. Much more stable footing on this than on large rocks!
Fishing nodes, like this one, will protrude slightly above the lake's water level, providing easier access and stable footing to water for anglers as well as others exploring the water.
Two electric mobility scooters are available for use on paved trails at McFarland Park.
Free for park users! Stop by the Conservation Center office during business hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on week days for use.