GRAPEVINE - As water levels continue to drop at Lake Grapevine, preparations are now under way to make sure boaters can still launch their boats safely no matter how low they drop.
Construction got under way Monday on a brand new low-water boat ramp at Meadowmere Park, one of the most popular boat launching spots on the lake. Construction is likely to take six months to complete.
Lake Grapevine water levels are down one foot with the extreme drought conditions offering no relief anytime soon. When water levels drop 10 feet, the regular boat ramps have to be shut down as they become unsafe. Boaters have too big a drop to launch.
The City of Grapevine is paying a contractor $387,000 for the lake improvement project, which also includes improvements to the pavilion and picnic area and a major overhaul of the already existing restrooms.
Grapevine's Mona Burk said the funding for the project comes from a state grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Burk said when the ramp is complete, boaters will be able to launch their boats safely no matter what the lake levels are because there's already a high-water ramp in place at Katie's Woods.
As Burk said, it is all about keeping the thousands of boaters who frequent Lake Grapevine safe.