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Beatty Park Construction Has Started

Phase II of Development at Col. Francis J. Beatty Park started during the week of August 23rd, 2004. Phase II will include clearing and grading for a picnic and hiking area on the north side of the lake as well as clearing and grading for 5 softball fields and 2 parking areas. Only 2 of the softball fields will be built to completion during this phase of development and only 1 of the parking lots is expected to be paved and opened to the public.

The Tarheel Trailblazers have CLOSED the northeast section of the loop trail at the request of the Parks manager while the clearing and grading is being done. We are already in the process of locating a new trail that will by-pass the construction area. As soon as the clearing and grading are finished, we will announce trailwork days for the purpose of building a new section of trail that will re-establish the main loop. It appears at this time that the Valley Trail will only be partially affected by the construction and we will eventually be able to re-connect it to the main loop as well. Estimated time for building the re-route is sometime in October or November of this year.

While clearing and grading are in progress, please respect the CLOSED signs and do not venture onto those sections of the trail. Please resist your curiosity because the machinery that is in use is extremely dangerous.

A loop can still be made at the park by turning left at the main road crossing of the trail, following the road back to the main parking lot and over the dam, then following the greenway back towards the bridge by the gravel causeway and making a sharp left turn onto the single track trail.

Check back here from time to time for updates on the construction and for trailwork dates. Thanks for your help and cooperation during the Phase II construction process.

The Trailblazers




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