Having a fun outing will soon take on a whole new meaning for one of Pauls Valley’s city lakes thanks to a grant sure to benefit boat owners.

A six-figure grant received by the city of Pauls Valley will soon result in the construction of a boat dock at what’s best known as the Old City Lake.

Located just to the northeast of the city, the lake does have a dock for fishing but not one just for boats.

That’s about to change, said Erin Creach, director of tourism in Pauls Valley.

“There’s not an adequate docking for boats at that lake,” Creach said.

A grant of $45,000 through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will allow for a dock just for boats to be built at the lake, possibly as early as next week.

Creach stresses the new dock is a big deal because of what it brings to Pauls Valley’s original city lake.

“It’s not going to be so close to the fishing dock that it interferes with the fishing,” Creach said. “It also allows more fishermen to bring their boat and bring their families and enjoy the lake.

“You’ve always had to go out to Longmire (Lake) for that,” she said, referring to a dock just for boats.

“We didn’t have that option before out there at the old city lake.”

Work in preparation for the new dock has been ongoing for some time by PV city crews.

As part of the city of Pauls Valley’s in-kind match required to receive the grant funds, local city employees have been putting in plenty of time getting the area ready for the dock construction.

Factoring in the work of the city crews, the total cost of the project comes to around $62,000, Creach said.

“They helped build up the roughage on the shore, marked off areas for handicap parking,” she said about the city crews.

A construction crew is expected to come in and get started building the new boat dock possibly next week.

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