A new dock and boathouse have been installed at Lake Pleasant.
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Game and Fish Department funded construction of the $900,000 dock and boathouses for government use in the Scorpion Bay Marina area, which will be used exclusively by the agencies.
The agencies partnered with Scorpion Bay Holdings to make the location and development possible.
“This spring, the board approved design and construction for this impressive new structure,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “The goal is to ensure the best possible public safety response times and to provide the agencies with a secure space near the water to store the tools and resources they need to effectively do their jobs.”
The structure includes open, covered and enclosed slips as well as a multi-use building. The government dock, which is attached to the existing marina, is owned by Maricopa County and will be maintained by Scorpion Bay Marina.
“The Arizona Game and Fish Department is proud to have been a part of this project. It is a great example of how government agencies and the private sector can come together to provide enhanced public safety and service. The partnership not only saved public funds it also saved months in construction time,” added Ty Gray, Arizona Game and Fish Department director.
This is not a facility the public will be using unless they are being processed by MCSO for an offense such as DUI.
“I want to thank the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and the Arizona Game and Fish Department for this collaborative partnership in the construction of this new dock in Scorpion Bay Marina,” Sheriff Penzone said. “This dock will provide the community with additional public safety resources to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors in this marina.”
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is located at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road. Castle Hot Springs Road is located roughly near Mile Marker 19 on the Carefree Highway (Hwy. 74).
“Safety is our number one priority at Scorpion Bay,” said Cris McSparen, general manager of Scorpion Bay Marina. “While our guests will not utilize the new docks, it is of great benefit to have regulatory and safety personnel nearby to work with our experienced marina management team should an issue arise.”
To learn about Maricopa County’s regional park system or locate a park, visit maricopacountyparks.net.
“By partnering on the project, Maricopa County and the Arizona Game and Fish Department were able to reduce construction costs, build one structure that would accommodate the needs of both agencies and ultimately provide better service to our park visitors,” added R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation director.