Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Recreation department provides events and programs for the community to enjoy including youth sports, after school programs, many parks and the Aquatic & Fitness Center. Check out the website today to learn how to get involved.
Official Parks & Recreation Website
For more information, visit their official website.
Lake Drawdown Information
Drawdown Time frame
Summer of 2019- Spring 2021
- Drawdown of Cravath and Trippe Lakes July 8 – September 30, 2019
- Dredging project anticipated to begin winter of 2020/21
- Lakes remain drawn down through out this time frame
- Lakes to be refilled in the spring of 2021
Approximate Dredging Volume and Cost
Potential Dredging Plan
- Cravath Lake = 37,000 cubic yards
- (Would provide a 50’ wide channel at 5 ‘ depth side slopes of 10:1)
- Trippe Lake = 44,000 cubic yards
- (Would provide a 50’ wide channel at 6 ‘ depth side slopes of 10:1 )
Total Material Removed Approximately = 81,000 cubic yards
- Subtotal = $1,063,055.20
- Contingency (20%) = $ 212,611.04
- Total Construction Costs = $ 1,275,666.24
Proposed Dredging Area
Week of July 8, 2019
City Manager, Cameron Clapper and Parks & Recreation Director Eric Boettcher worked with city staff David Himsel and Andy Ascher to open the dam at Cravath Lake allowing water to flow both under and over it. Monday, July 8th was the first day to release water from the lake. A marker was painted on a nearby rock in order to monitor the amount of water dropping each day. Cameron released more water Wednesday, July 10th. There is a drain located in the Mill pond near the 5 American Flags Memorial. The water will drain here and at the bottom of the dam allowing additional water to flow under Main street toward the creek. This is the first step of the drawdown. Staff will monitor the amount of water that is removed from Cravath lake and make alterations as needed to stay on track. Stay tuned for more updates as the drawdown progresses.
Cravath Lakefront Lake Drawdown and Dam Repairs Update August 1, 2019
Cravath Lake Drawdown Update July 26, 2019. Trippe Lake planned to start in early August.
- What is a lake drawdown?
- Why would the City of Whitewater do a lake drawdown?
- When will the drawdown begin and how fast will it go down?
- Is there concern about how long it will take to fill back up?
- What will happen to the fish and other wildlife in the lake?
- What are our personal dredging options during the drawdown? Are there any exemptions? Can I remove any material without a permit?
- Is there a list of contractors providing shoreline work?
- Can we remove trash from the exposed bed? Can we remove material such as broken glass?
- Can we use this opportunity to add pea gravel?
- Can we remove large boulders/rocks?
- Can I replace or repair my rip rap?
- Can I put in new rip rap? If not, what are other options other than rip rap for shore stabilization? What if I need rip rap to protect from man-made waves (boat traffic)?
- Will the starry stonewort be sent downstream during the drawdown?
- Will I be able to walk on the lake bottom?
- Will the boat launches be open this Fall, Winter, Spring?
- Can I remove the plants from the bottom of the lake in front of my house?
- What plants or algae will die during the freeze and which will come back next spring/summer?
- This year there was all this green stuff floating on the water over the past few weeks, what is that and will it go away next year?
- I’m losing 2 seasons of my lake use; will this really work?