April 17, 2011
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent Bruce Noble would like to invite the public to join park staff, Sulphur students, and local dignitaries to celebrate the recently completed improvements in the Veterans Lake Area. A ribbon-cutting event will take place at the Veterans Lake Pavilion on Thursday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. Light refreshments will follow.
Beginning during the summer of 2010, three significant projects began in this area. The first project included a rehabilitation of the 1930s-era Veterans Lake Dam in order to bring the dam into compliance with modern safety standards. The second project was the construction of the north shore portion of the Veterans Lake Trail, including a new trailhead parking area and a connecting trail to Rock Creek Campground. The road across the dam and the parking lot at the south end of the dam were removed and a trail and new parking lot at the north end of the dam were built. The third project involved the removal of eastern red cedar in the vicinity of the lake. The red cedar removal and the North Shore trail construction were funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, while the dam improvements were funded by the National Park Service Dam Safety program.
Superintendent Bruce Noble said, “We hope that area residents and park visitors will join us to celebrate at Veterans Lake and see firsthand the impact of over $4 million in improvements made to the area.”
For more information call 580 622-7234.