RALEIGH -- A new recreational boathouse that provides opportunities for visitors to explore Lake Tillery by canoe and paddleboat, will be dedicated April 15 at Morrow Mountain State Park, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The public ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the park in Stanly County.
The 986-square-foot boathouse replaces a structure built in the early 1950s that was structurally weakened by shoreline erosion and closed in 2010. It offers paddleboat slips and a storage area for canoes, both of which can be rented by visitors, as well as all-season restrooms and a concession stand.
?Morrow Mountain State Park has a distinguished history dating to Civilian Conservation Corps efforts in the 1930s, and its facilities on Lake Tillery have always served an important role in providing recreation to the community,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. ?While North Carolina has been aggressive in developing new state parks recently, it is important that we care for and improve our established parks with projects such as this.?
The structure incorporates recycled stone used in the original boathouse and stone stored elsewhere in the park that was quarried onsite in the 1930s by workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps and combined with red cedar and plank siding. The $1.1 million project funded by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund also includes shoreline stabilization to prevent erosion and a new courtesy dock at the public boat launch. The designer was Smith Sinnett Architecture of Raleigh and general contractor was Kearey Builders Inc. of Statesville.
Established in 1939, Morrow Mountain encompasses 4,496 acres in Stanly County. The park reported visitation of 449,439 in 2011.
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