Martin Road Lake, which was a natural playa before becoming in 1952 what Amarillo residents know as one of the city’s many lakes, will undergo the final two phases of a multimillion-dollar improvement project. Amarillo City Council unanimously approved $10.8 million Tuesday for Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the improvement project.

“Martin Road Lake has been part of the Amarillo community for decades. It has been a place for people and families to gather and enjoy the many activities the lake provides, such as fishing to trails to picnics and parties,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “These final two phases will ensure that Martin Road Lake remains a part of Amarillo’s future.”

The final two phases of the improvement project include new storm drain systems, walking trails with neighborhood connections, site security and parking improvements. A total of 143 properties will be removed from the floodplain, securing more than $15 million in private property value. Following extensive public engagement and feedback, a highlight of the project includes a new fishing pond.

It is estimated the improvement project will be complete in summer of 2023.

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