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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected. See the full correction at the bottom.

Work is underway on the boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park.

Erosion control has started this week along with clearing and grading for an access road.

A $820,000 bid to build a boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park was approved by the Keizer City Council. Santiam Paving is the general contractor.

Funding is already secured through grants of $700,000 from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and $50,000 from the Oregon Marine Board. The city has pledged $250,000 matching funds. The project was originally anticipated to cost just more than $1 million.

The city must build the ramp because of commitments made when Keizer Rapids Park property was acquired through grant funding, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson. In addition, the city’s permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expires soon.

The single-lane boat ramp is set for completion by 2013. Plans also call for a parking lot with 37 spots, including room for 22 boats and trailers, an access road and restrooms. Should the grant be approved Community Development Director Nate Brown said design drawings should be ready in spring 2012, with construction commencing that summer.

Currently the closest upstream boat ramp is at Wallace Marine Park, with downstream ramps at Wheatland Ferry and Willamette Mission State Park.

Editor’s note: This story originally misstated the number of parking spots planned for the boat ramp’s lot.