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April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes is getting a facelift on Lakes 1 and 5. The park is replacing three old picnic/gazebo structures and an outdated playground with new up‐to‐date structures. This will give visitors an opportunity to picnic in a beautiful setting and will add much needed shade, especially during the summer months.
Padre Dam’s Board of Directors and the Director of Park and Recreation for Santee Lakes break ground on the construction site for the new three‐tiered gazebo.

Pictured (left to right): Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner, and Padre Dam Board Directors Jim Peasley, Augie Caires, Bill Pommering, Doug Wilson and Augie Scalzitti.
Lake 1 is getting a new three‐tiered gazebo structure. The new structure will create the perfect location for a wedding or a company picnic. Lake 5 is replacing a smaller gazebo on the South end with a more modern looking design. The new gazebo for north Lake 5 will replace the structure near the food service building providing a new eye‐pleasing location for a company picnic or family reunion.
No Padre Dam ratepayer funds will be used for this project. This project was funded through the Santee Lakes Park Fund along with a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund through the State of California. Park revenues are generated through user fees for activities and charges related to camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, parking and general store sales. The total cost for the Park Shelter/Playground Replacement Project, including Project Management and Inspection services is $963,375. The very successful operation of Santee Lakes and the associated increase in revenues over the last few years have not only allowed the park to remain self‐sufficient but have allowed a healthy Park Fund to complete projects like this one.
Lake 1 – Park Shelter
Construction has begun on all sites and will continue over the next few months. All sites are expected to be completed by July 2012. The shelters at Lake 1, north Lake 5 and south Lake 5 areas are popular picnic locations. The updated shelters will enhance these areas dramatically.
A three level Mega Tower Play Structure will replace the old, outdated playground between Lakes 1 and 2. This new structure, designed by Miracle Recreation, will provide hours of fun for all children. A new play structure is a must for the large number of families with children that visit the Park.
Lake 1 – Playground

Santee Lakes is owned by Padre Dam Municipal Water District. However, the park is 100% self‐sufficient and receives no subsidy from Padre Dam customers or taxpayers. Park campground and day‐use fees provide the necessary revenue and capital funds for park improvements and expansion. The park amenities include camping, cabins, fishing, boating, sprayground, picnicking, boulder island adventure course, 5 playgrounds and more. 

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