Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
Lake Dallas is investing in lake front improvements, including a sandy beach, in the hopes of becoming a North Texas summer hot spot.
Lake Dallas has pumped more than $1 million into one of its parks in hopes of attracting summer visitors.
City Manager Earl Berner said the city spent $1.6 million on improvements to Willow Grove Park, which is located next to Lewisville Lake.
"We want to attract out-of-towners to come in, use our park, use our dock, hit our businesses and raise some money," he said.
Park visitors say the new boat ramp and enhancements to campsites and parking are doing their jobs.
"I think it's done great so far, and I think it will receive a lot of visitors," Walter Lee said.
A sandy beach was on the list of improvements. Originally, there was a large beach, but the lake level is back up to normal and water now covers most of the beach.
"We need to put some more sand down there and widen it," Berner said.
The Drozd family is celebrating 70 years of business on the lake. The company has grown and so has life around it.
"I think it's pretty exciting -- three generations and a business," Mike Drozd said. "The city of Lake Dallas has grown over the years into a successful community. It's a great place to live."