YADKINVILLE — Construction has begun at the 5D park in Yadkinville which is scheduled to open this fall as a recreation site for area residents.
The initial project began in 2009 when a dam was constructed at a section of Deep Creek to help control flooding and create a reservoir to serve as a potential water source. The dam was completed in August of 2010 and Yadkin County Soil and Water Conservation Director Jason Walker said the dam has helped with area flooding problems.
As a secondary benefit of the project, the 138.5-acre lake created by the dam will now serve as a park where visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking.
The park will include a boat launch and two fishing piers, Walker said, and a paved hiking trail, a large covered picnic shelter with bathrooms and a smaller open-air picnic shelter.
“It’s a nice and quiet area,” Walker said. “And an opportunity to enjoy something here in our county instead of having to drive out of our county to enjoy some fishing or walking.”
The lake was stocked in October of 2011 with about 90,000 fish, Walker said, which included bass, brim and catfish.
The boat ramp already is completed and work will begin soon on the two floating fishing piers, similar to the existing pier in the pond at the Yadkin County Park behind the YMCA.
Duck hunting will be permitted on certain days during duck season, Walker said. County officials are working on the plan for the park to determine hours of operation and possible fees for fishing in the lake. Walker said if it is decided to charge a fee for fishing, it will be minimal.
Canoes, kayaks and non-gasoline powered boats that are 14 feet or smaller will be allowed on the lake, Walker said. Swimming will not be allowed. The restrictions on gas-powered boats and swimming are due to the fact that the reservoir is also a potential water source. A staff person will be on-site during park operating hours to ensure that all park rules and regulations are followed.
A grant that the county received from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund will cover $500,000 of the project cost and the county will pay the remainder. A contract with local company Wishon and Carter was approved at the May 5 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.
Walker said he anticipates that construction will be completed and the park should be open by November.
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