County Parks District to Begin Improvements to Mayflower Park Boat Ramp
BLYTHE – Construction will begin in January on the second phase of improvements to Mayflower Park. The project will renovate and extend the existing boat launch ramp, among other enhancements that will improve access for visitors to the Blythe area county park.
“Mayflower Park is a unique park in our park system, situated in a beautiful spot on the Colorado River,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am excited to see the start of additional improvements that will allow more people to enjoy this very special park in the Palo Verde Valley community.”
The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to award the $669,000 construction contract to AZCA Drilling and Pump Inc. of Ehrenberg, Arizona.
One of eight regional parks managed by the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, Mayflower Park is located along the banks of the Colorado River near Blythe at 4980 Colorado River Road. Popular activities at the park include boating, fishing, shuffleboard, horseshoes and picnics.
Due to current low water levels, the boat launch requires regular maintenance to maintain safety and function and must be closed regularly. The project will provide a 30-foot extension to the boat ramp, and add a boarding float dock system to assist park guests in loading and unloading their vessels, ADA-compliant walkways, water quality devices and parking area improvements.
The boat launch ramp will be closed during construction, which is expected to take four months to complete.
Most of the funding for this project is from a $620,000 grant that the parks district received from the California Boating and Waterways Commission in 2012 for design, engineering and construction. The remaining costs for the project, $129,207, will be paid for with capital improvement funds from the parks district.
In 2011, the county completed the first phase of improvements to Mayflower Park. The $3.1 million project included an expanded RV storage area, paving at the entryway and maintenance building, and the addition of an entrance kiosk, maintenance building, three shade structures, potable water well and electrical feed to the park.
As part of this second phase, the project will also lay foundation for a restroom and shower facility. The restroom replacement will be constructed in a future third phase of Mayflower Park improvements.
For more information about Mayflower Park, visit www.RivCoParks.org or call 951-955-4310.