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Bellevue officials don't want 2012 to go down as the third consecutive year that Haworth Park is closed to the public.
They want to reopen at least part of the riverside park around Labor Day with limited camping, picnicking and trail use.
But after last summer's historic flooding of the Missouri River extensively damaged the 75-acre recreation area, the city faces a massive cleanup effort.
"Haworth Park is an important city feature. We're trying to get it open the best we can," said Jerry Hare, Bellevue's public works director.
Hare would like to have the public boat ramp at Haworth Park available by June, but doesn't envision much, if any, other public use until late in the summer.
Officials said they have no plans to reopen the Bellevue Marina, which was left mangled after months of being underwater.
The Bellevue Marina opened in 1988 with about 200 boat slips but few on-site services. In recent years it was often a struggle to get all the boat slips leased. There was no convenience store, service-repair center or restaurant, and the marina had problems with silt buildup.
"I don't see it opening up in the foreseeable future," Hare said.
In the park itself, at least 50 damaged trees must be removed. The city plans to make substantial repairs to the park's riverbanks, including the removal of tons of silt.
About 40 percent of the peninsula and 100 feet of riverbank were washed out last year at the park, according to the city.
The city must repair roads leading into the park, replace the electrical hookups for campers and install new restrooms and shower facilities.
A new parking lot is needed near the softball fields on the west edge of the park.
On Monday, the Bellevue City Council will be asked to approve four contracts totaling $260,000 for repairs at Haworth Park and improvements to the North Kramer Trail.
Bellevue is also in the process of securing several million dollars in relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the restoration work at Haworth Park.
"Some of the functions of Haworth Park may shift to the Kramer site because it is on higher ground," Hare said.
Kramer Park is the city's newest green space. The recreational area is across Mission Avenue from Haworth Park, on the site of the former Kramer Power Plant. The city has transformed the area into two lighted football fields, a nature trail, a 9/11 memorial, a lake and parking.
Bellevue City Council President Scott Houghtaling said Bellevue is in the process of redesigning Haworth Park to "make it bigger and better than before."
The past few years of damaging floods have been discouraging, but Bellevue doesn't want to abandon Haworth Park, Houghtaling said.
"It's one of those crown jewels of Bellevue, and we're committed to keeping it open," he said. "We're in the process of cleaning it up. That is part of our riverfront, and we're definitely excited to get it back up and running."
The city has not made a final decision on the fate of the Bellevue Marina, but officials have no immediate plans to pour money into more repairs, Houghtaling said.
The marina has been closed since June 2010 because of repeated flooding and storm damage. City officials estimated that the dock damage exceeded $800,000 and that total damage reached $1.5 million.
The marina has been a money pit for years. It was built for $1.1 million and continued to cost the city even after the construction bonds were paid off in 2008.
"The cost to maintain the marina is very detrimental to our budget — at least $300,000 to $400,000," Houghtaling said. "It's kind of a black hole we had been sinking money in."
By Memorial Day, boaters might be able to use the marina at N.P. Dodge Park, on the north end of Omaha, Omaha city officials said. The park needs roughly $2 million worth of repairs.
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