Construction for the Elmendorf Lake Park Improvements Project completed in December 2016. Improvements include the addition of three pedestrian bridges, two miles of trails, improved picnic plazas overlooking the lake, a large plaza for public gatherings, improved lighting and expanded parking. With additional bridge connections to the island, the island is improved with a paved trail, a picnic plaza and a floating fishing pier. To support enhanced water quality, recirculation features were added to the lake. There are fountains on the lake’s surface and bubblers placed on the floor of the lake. Water is being recirculated through a wetland adding to the movement of water. Within the park, rain gardens were constructed along Commerce Street to capture storm water runoff prior to entering the lake.
Through the added trails system, pedestrians are able to safely cross underneath Commerce Street and 24th Street. These trails provide connections to the retail center at Commerce and 24th Streets, Our Lady of the Lake University, and the existing Apache Creek Trail that connects Commerce to General McMullen Street. Click on the images to see the updated progress!