Boardwalk planned for Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi Welcoming Center also proposed


Columbia is no Ocean City, but it does have Lake Kittamaqundi downtown for boating and waterfowl, and under a new budget proposal a lakeside boardwalk, similar to the resort's, is planned.

The $250,000 boardwalk, which would extend from the Rusty Scupper restaurant to the boat dock on the lake, is included in the capital budget proposed yesterday by Padraic M. Kennedy, president of the non-profit Columbia Association.

Association officials said the boardwalk would be built along the cove shoreline, which has been eroding, and should open up more of the lakefront area to pedestrians.

"It will be a 10-foot-wide wood walkway that will create a nice hard edge to the lakefront," said Pam Mack, the association's vice president for community affairs.

Also, the association, which has had four headquarters in recent years, plans to move to what will amount to a town hall in the Teacher's Building on Wincopin Circle in September, Ms. Mack said.

The Columbia Association has a 15-year lease on the Teacher's Building with the Rouse Co. and plans to house its 100-member full-time office staff there.

The town hall will also feature a Welcoming Center, the Columbia Archives, the Columbia Birthday organization, The Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Columbia Foundation, the Columbia Forum, the Columbia Volunteer Corps and a board room for Columbia Council meetings. The annual leasing cost is about $300,000, Ms. Mack said.

Mr. Kennedy is requesting a $29.9 million operating budget and a capital budget of $4.8 million.

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