Local residents are being asked to comment on what they'd like to see at a planned riverfront park in Malaga.

Anyone's welcome to drop by the Malaga fire station next Tuesday afternoon to look over early designs for the 24-acre park and leave their comments.

Chelan County spokesperson Jill FitzSimmons says planning for the park is still in the early stages. 

"This is a concept at this point, and we're looking for public opinion to see if we're on the mark, or if there's anything else you'd like to see in the park, or anything that you think is especially important," said FitzSimmons. 

The park will likely receive state grant funding, which is available to Chelan County because it's relatively small population base. 

FitzSimmons says the park will serve the roughly 5,000 residents in the Malaga area, as well as visitors. 

"I believe they're one of our few small communities in Chelan County that doesn't have a park serving that community," FitzSimmons said. "So, this is something that would be great for the folks who live there, and of course, anyone else visiting our area." 

Plans include a boat launch, swimming access and possibly a pedestrian and bike trail linking to the Apple Capital Loop Trail.

The public event is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Malaga fire station, 3760 W. Malaga Road.

Anyone who can't attend is welcome to visit the project’s online page to leave comments and vote on different aspects of the project, such as playground equipment, restrooms and   picnic areas.

Comments are being taken from now until Dec. 16.

The park is a joint project between Chelan County, Chelan PUD and the Malaga Community Council.

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