The first signs foreshadowing the future construction of a new recreation facility in Camas were visible Friday.
That day, crews from the City of Camas and Ballard Diving and Salvage worked to remove the rickety, decades-old wooden dock that sat on Lacamas Lake in front of the city owned building formerly occupied by the Camas Moose. It was a step forward in a project that will ultimately result in construction of Lacamas Lake Lodge and Conference Center at 227 N.E. Lake Road.
“It makes you realize something is happening when you see logs being dragged through the parking lot,” commented Camas Mayor Scott Higgins during last night’s City Council workshop. “It’s going to be a fun project.”
Included in the $1.9 million price tag is an $842,000, 5,000 square foot building that will consist of a large event space, two smaller meeting rooms, office space, kitchen, restrooms, storage, large covered patio and a 60-foot long dock. The facility, which will be located adjacent to Heritage Park, will also feature a fireplace and vaulted ceilings, with large windows to take advantage of the lake views.
“On the south bank of Lacamas Lake, in the center of the ‘Lacamas Corridor’ of public park, recreation, trail and open spaces, the center will be constructed,” the city’s 2013 budget message states. “In this beautiful setting, a modern, yet compatible structure will be built. It is foreseen as the first and vital step in a longer range vision of community center/facilities in the Lacamas Corridor.”