Meridian’s first fishing dock is ready for use.

City staff held a ribbon cutting for a fishing dock on the southwest side of the Kleiner Park pond on May 30.

The dock makes fishing in the pond more accessible for seniors and wheelchair users — allowing them to get closer to the water and giving them a designated place to cast their line. The dock is 12-by-8 feet and connected to the shore by a 4-by-18-foot gangway.

Dock was proposed by the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board. The financing for the project comes from a participatory budget of $20,000 the city approved last summer — $19,000 of which was donated to the city by Republic Services.

The Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board surveyed over 300 people before deciding to pursue the dock. Meridian City Council approved the dock in March.

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The vision for Kleiner Park included activities for seniors and families, and the dock is another amenity that reinforces that vision, said Steve Siddoway, director of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department.

When Kleiner Park was originally designed by the city, staff planned to include fishing docks.

“At the time they were taken out because the wishlist was too big,” Siddoway said.

Kleiner Pond in the park is stocked with rainbow trout throughout the year by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

​Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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