City acquires property around McKay Lake for open space
(Sep 06, 2012)
The City of Westminster acquired a portion of property on the northwest corner of McKay Lake, located at 144th Avenue and Zuni Street, for open space.
Preserving this 8.8-acre site will expand the 126-acre McKay Lake Open Space area and provide a buffer that will help to protect the lake, wetlands and the large cottonwood trees that support a variety of native plants and wildlife species.
McKay Lake was acquired in 2000 to preserve wildlife habitat along with a historic irrigation lake. The lake was built in 1905 and is now over 100 years old.
The structures on the recent acquisition property will remain on site until funds can be identified to remove them.
At that time, the site will be revegetated with native grasses. The city plans to construct trails on this property that will connect to the current trail system around the lake.
The city was awarded a grant from the Adams County Open Space program to assist with this acquisition and open space bond funds were used as match for the grant.