EDMOND — Civil engineer David Jones refuses to give up. He has been trying to get a marina at Arcadia Lake since 2004.
Jones, president of the Orion Group, presented to the city council this week his latest plans, which include a maximum of 80 boat slips, a marina, cabins and an extended-stay motor coach and RV park. Secondary development projects would be lake housing, specialty lodging, restaurants and a corporate retreat based upon interest and need.
City leaders have to decide if they are willing to enter the public/private partnership with Jones and Clay Coldiron, both of Edmond, who want to develop the shoreline.
Private money is available to develop Arcadia Lake, Jones said.
“All of this is doable, just not all right now,” Jones said during his two-hour presentation at a workshop. “It would be built in phases.”
Staff members were asked to prepare a memorandum of understanding with Jones to be voted on at the March 24 council meeting.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner said she is concerned because in her opinion the plan is 10 years old.
“I would like a real in-depth look at this and get feedback from the community,” Waner said.
City Park Director Craig Dishman said the presentation was made to the Parks and Recreation Board and to Fish and Game Commission members, who were enthusiastic.
Jones said he would like to start construction in the fall.
A group of residents and city officials are planning a multipurpose trail from Interstate 35 to Spring Creek Park and on around the lake.