By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information and Press Release):
Needles, California: Boat launch and parking lot rehabilitation is underway at Jack Smith Memorial Park.
On March 29, 2021 Christensen Brothers Engineering Contractors, a contractor to the City of Needles began a $122,000 Rehabilitation of the Jack Smith Park and Boat Launch parking lots with a “crack sealing of all fissures in the existing pavement.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “Beginning on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 the contractor will be conducting a slurry seal of the Jack Smith Parking lots. A slurry seal protects the pavement from aging by protecting the pavement from water damage which causes the pavement to crack and the base material to erode. The project will include new striping.”
The project will be completed on April 2nd, 2021 in time for the upcoming boating season.
“These improvements are long over due and will greatly improve parking for Jack Smith boat launch and park users,” said Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The rehabilitation project is funded by $72,000 of boat launch user fees. The remaining $50,000 of funding comes from the Marijuana Tax approved by the voters in 2012.”
In March the City Council increased the daily launch fee from $17 to $18 and increased from 4% to 10% of total revenue to provide for increased maintenance and repair of the park and boat launch facility.