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'Boat House' Future Uncertain

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, November 26 2012 at 4:07 PM, Updated: Mon, November 26 2012 at 4:16 PM

Big changes could be on the horizon for a concessions operation at Moore Park in Klamath Falls...

Klamath Falls Parks Superintendent Ken Hay notes that the former 'Boat House' at the south end of Upper Klamath Lake has been empty now for two years...

"The lease was for a sub-leaser to run a facility that would support boating, and aquatic activities on Upper Klamath Lake."

But when the previous owners expanded their food menu, the city claimed they were violating an agreement on businesses in public parks.

Superintendent Hay agrees.  "The advertising that the sub-leaser was doing was pretty obvious in the direction of running a restaurant."

The current lease agreement is scheduled to expire at the end of this month.  Owners Kevin and Carol Westfall say they want to renew that lease.

But the city says that due to the previous problems, and the extended vacancy, that lease might not be renewed.

We contacted Kevin Westfall, but at this time, he's not releasing details about his plans for the building.

"So, we just want their input."  Says Kevin Hay.  "And we also want to give the Westfalls an opportunity to give their input into our recommendation not to continue the lease."

The Klamath Falls Parks Advisory Board is scheduled to review that concession agreement on Thursday, November 29th.  But until then, the future of the boat house will remain foggy.

If the agreement is not renewed, the Westfalls would have until the end of the year to remove a deck from the building, and a portable dock from the property.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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