The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside has been awarded a Grant from Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to mitigate Bark Beetle infestation at Woodland Lake Park. It is planned to treat 90 acres of the 107+ acre park. The goal of this project is to remove ponderosa pine trees that are infested and dying to protect the healthy ponderosa pines in the park and in surrounding areas. For the duration of this project the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside will be CLOSING the entire Woodland Lake Park. The closure is to ensure the safety of the public as well as staff working in the park. Contractors and staff will be continually working in the park until the project is completed. During the closure Town of Pinetop-Lakeside staff will also be working on improvement projects at the Park. The improvements to the park have been ongoing since the purchase of the park was finalized in August of 2020. Those improvements include removing cattails, removing silt, repairs to the dam, repairing the head gate, dock repairs, reconstruction of the boat ramp, widening and repaving the pedestrian path around the lake, installation of new playground equipment, resurfacing of tennis/pickleball courts and bathroom remodel.

The CLOSURE of Woodland Lake Park will begin on February 8th, 2021. The park will remain closed until the projects are complete and it is safe for park patrons to return. Since progress of these projects depends heavily on weather conditions it is unknown at the time when Woodland Lake Park will reopen to the public. The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside appreciates your patience during the closure. If you have questions regarding any of these projects or would like information regarding Bark Beetles and the devastation they can cause please contact Public Works Department at (928) 368-8885 or refer to the information page at https://www.pinetoplakesideaz.gov/347/Woodland-Lake-Park-Western-Bark-Beetle.