DECATUR - The man hired by the Decatur Park District to lead its lakefront development said the project is going at "light speed."
Greg Weykamp, who is working with design firm AECOM on the revamping of the Nelson Park area, appeared for a progress report at a meeting of the district's board of commissioners Wednesday.
Weykamp said the "master plan" document for the multiphase project would go to print next week, but he praised park district and city officials for plunging ahead with several pieces of the development this summer.
"You hold the distinction of having implemented more projects before the printing of the plan than anybody," he told the board members. "Normally, we print the plan, and then the next year they start thinking about their first (project) and then the year after that they do a study to see the plan's still good, and then they build something."
Weykamp showed pictures that he had taken earlier in the day of the new walking trails, dog park and disc golf course in Nelson Park. The district recently completed work on all three.
"What we're really doing is activating this whole part of the park that for the last few years has really been used more by the lawnmowers than anybody," he said.
He said planners are considering putting a floating fishing dock on the lake, a little north of the projected site of a large amphitheater.
Weykamp also said he believes that some docks could be in the water in front of the Beach House restaurant by next spring.
Shane Storz, CEO of Air Choice One, also spoke at the meeting. Air Choice One is the commercial air carrier at Decatur Airport and currently offers flights to St. Louis and Chicago.
Storz said the company is expanding rapidly and has invested $71,000 in advertising in the Decatur area. He estimates it will have served 15,464 passengers in and out of Decatur for the year between February 2011 and January 2012.