(Clarksville, VA) As midsummer approaches, trees are coming down and the slope of the hills of Area B Campground are giving way as earth movers give that tract of land a makeover into what will eventually become a marina. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site in mid-June (More info from SOVANOW.COM). Having been discussed for years, the marina is now located in what most consider the best area being the proximity of the boat ramp and also the new US 158 Bypass bridge, overpass and intersections. The Area B Campground, in the view of many, was negatively impacted with road noise by the bypass.
The location for the marina is supported by most facets including community leaders, park leaders and park support groups such as the Friends of Occonechee.
Park supporters hope to see replacement made for the campsites that will be lost to the construction of the marina. KLPW
KLPW was founded in 2010 by Frank Timberlake, a native of Granville County. As a former board member of several parks and recreation boards and as a park activist, Timberlake has spent more than 30 years as a parks volunteer in some capacity and has raised his family camping, fishing and boating, a good time of that spent on Kerr Lake.
Over the past few years, Timberlake noticed an increased barrier between park end users and administrators, not so much the local custodians, but the off-site administrators who set and approve priorities. He started collecting comments, complaints, ideas, volunteer requests, occasionally passing them on the park professionals. Last year, after collecting names, phone numbers, emails and the like, Timberlake decided that Kerr Lake area parks need a stronger voice and Kerr Lake Park Watch was founded in 2010. It has over 60 members through Facebook with more than 40 members who communicate by email and or phone.
The growth of KLPW has precipitated the need for this web/blog because of the increased public interest and call for improvements. While we want to support and help parks around the lake, we want to insure the people looking after the parks are listening to the end users and they have their ducks or geese in a row.
The Kerr Lake Park Watch has been established by campers and park users who visit NC State Recreation Areas, Virginia State parks on Kerr Lake, & parks & recreational facilities operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose is to support improvements to the camping and recreational facilities around Kerr Lake.
To promote the improvement of camping and recreational facilities and opportunities around the John H Kerr Reservoir, with a continued interest in the overall quality of the lake itself.
DIRECT CITIZEN FEEDBACK shared with people of like KL recreational interest and a pipeline to professional park managers and elected officials.
We will be gathering information from all the official stake holders and posting the perspective of those persons professionally affiliated with parks around the lake. THE GREAT NEWS IS…YOU AS A PARK USER have this, a very public forum to discuss your ideas, areas of support, areas of concern, questions and comments about Kerr Lake. KLPW
Welcome to the WEB/BLOG version of KERR LAKE PARK WATCH. You can also find us on Facebook under the same name.
HERE’S A LIST OF PARKS THAT ARE CURRENTLY INCLUDED IN KERR LAKE PARK WATCH
US Army Corp of Engineers
North Bend Park
Palmer Point Park
Rudd’s Creek Campground
Island Creek Park
Ivy Hill Park
Grassy Creek Park
Virginia State Parks
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park
North Carolina State Recreation Areas
Kimball Point SRA
County Line SRA
Satterwhite Point SRA
Henderson Point SRA