News: Corps to seek recreation development ideas
Story by Sara Goodeyon
TULSA — The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a meeting to hear ideas for conceptual development from individuals and groups for the development and enhancement of recreation on Keystone and Oologah lakes. The meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., March 15, at the Tulsa District Office, 1645 S. 101st East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
This is in support of Section 3134 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, Oklahoma Lakes Demonstration Program, which provides for the implementation of an innovative 10 year program at lakes located primarily in Oklahoma. The purpose of the program is to demonstrate the benefits of enhanced recreation facilities and activities at those lakes.
The shorelines of Corps lakes are zoned for varying types and levels of recreation use and development. It is important to note that some sections of shoreline at Keystone and Oologah Lake may not be available for development due to existing agreements with resource management agencies, local and state governments, or other recreation use providers.
Conceptual ideas may be submitted for any water related recreational activity, but the following activities or facilities were identified as desirable in a survey recently conducted by the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: equestrian, biking or hiking trails and related facilities; canoeing and kayaking activities and related facilities; swimming beaches; camping facilities; marinas; playgrounds.
Proposals will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary team consisting of both federal and state recreation providers. Competition for a lease may be required, as well as applicant funded market and feasibility studies depending on the level and type of development proposed.
Concept proposals under this initiative should be submitted by March 28, 2012 to John Tennery by email at John.Tennery@usace.army.mil or for additional information contact Tennery at 918-669-7406
All lands on Keystone Lake and Oologah Lake are classified according to the use for which they are managed. A project map of each lake delineating land according to land classification is attached. Land is classified into one of the following categories:
1. Operations. This classification category includes those lands required for the structure, project office, maintenance compound, and other areas that are used solely for project operations.
2. Recreation – Intensive Use. These lands are those acquired for project operations and managed as developed public use areas for intensive recreational activities by the visiting public, including areas for concessions, resorts, marinas, and quasi-public developments. Areas shown on the map as Recreation – Intensive Use – Not Managed are those lands that are zoned for recreational use but are not currently being operated and maintained by the Corps of Engineers, by a not-for-profit organization or by a state or local governmental entity.
3. Recreation – Low Density. These are lands acquired for project operations and allocated for low impact recreation activities such as hiking, picnicking, wildlife observation, hunting, or similar low impact recreational activities.
4. Fish and Wildlife Management. These lands are those acquired for project operations and classified as habitat for fish and wildlife or for propagation of such species. Much of this land is licensed to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and is not available for development under Section 3134.