Dam Site Expected To Draw Tourism To The County

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Here comes another boost for Nebraska's fastest growing county; a groundbreaking for a new dam site by Werner Park. While it's for flood control, it will also provide recreational activities in Sarpy County.

"We are at the bottom of the watershed and all the water drains down to Papillion," said Papillion Mayor David Black. "So, obviously we are worried and concerned about flood control."

Mayor Black says the site will eventually be turned over to his city. He believes the reservoir is another sign of Sarpy County growth.

"We gave up about 60 to 65 acres of our farm land for this," said Gwen Eurich.

Eurich and her husband were at the groundbreaking event. Much of the land that will comprise the new dam site is part of the farm that has been in their family for 100 years.

"It's in some ways hard to let it go, but times change," said Eurich. "So, you have to demand what times demand."

The site will be turned into a 135 acre lake with 335 acres of park land. Similar to Walnut Creek Park, which also has a lot of recreational opportunities.

"These tend to attract people," said Mayor Black.

The Eurichs remain content with the purpose their land is going to. "I am actually pretty happy about the fact that it's not going for commercial development," said Eurich.

The Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce also hosted an Economic Outlook Forum on Tuesday. Growth in the county over the next 50 years was discussed. There was an emphasis on the importance of tourism, which is something Mayor Black says the new reservoir will help.

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