Can you get too many beautifully maintained parks around an area as large and wonderful as the Smith Mountain Lake Community? It seems the residents of Franklin County don’t think so and I am inclined to agree. Though the park will only partially be finished when it opens on the 15th of June, it will no doubt be enjoyable now as well as exciting to watch as each new feature is completed in the months to come. Jason M. Dunovant of the Smith Mountain Eagle fills in the details in his article below.
A crowd of close to 50 area residents joined Franklin County staff, members of the Virginia Department of Transportation, officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to discuss the opening of the park set for June 15th.
Franklin County Director of Commerce and Leisure Services Scott Martin explained details of the park to those in attendance at the start of the meeting. According to Martin, the park is expected to open over several phases and feature such things as a public beach, bath house, playground, hiking trail, picnic shelters, boat ramp, fishing pier, and over 100 parking spaces.
Only the fishing pier, hiking trail, playground, and picnic shelter will be constructed in time for the park’s first phase and grand opening later this month, other attractions will be added in later years.
The park’s fishing pier will be the only public fishing pier located on the south side of Smith Mountain Lake and, according to Martin, it is located in prime striper water. The possibility for quality striper fishing could make it a popular location for fishermen who don’t own a boat.
Martin also expects the park’s proposed beach to be completed in time for next spring along with several parking spaces. Martin and other believe the public beach will quickly become a popular attraction and one of the main reasons for visitors at the park.
The Smith Mountain Lake Community Park is scheduled to open on Friday, June 15.
Thanks to Jason M. Dunovant of the Smith Mountain Eagle for this article excerpt.