Park Still Befuddled by 2008 Flooding
Whether to reopen the RV park at Beaver Town Recreation Park & Campground near Beaver, Ark., this summer is still on hold until the town council can schedule a site visit to discuss it.
Because of flooding of the White River and Table Rock Lake last year, the town suffered damage in its park area with heavy siltation, trees and logs washed ashore and living trees damaged, according to the Lovely County Citizen, Eureka Springs, Ark.
Cleanup efforts have been ongoing by individual and group volunteers, but the work is far from done. That work will be helped, however, by a grant from the U.S. Labor Department, said Mayor Mary Hill.
Whether the 32-site park can be opened for camping this year remains to be seen.
"The shoreline and picnic tables are under mud," said Alderman Pamela Teslow. "We need to get rid of the mud for safety and how it looks."
"The swim area will take a lot because it has a sandbar in it now," the mayor said.
The park's swim dock broke its moorings and floated away during the flooding. The town was awarded $10,000 in FEMA funds to replace it. The council approved paying a 50% deposit on the new dock, which will cost $8,820, including installation, and will be delivered in April. The remaining FEMA funds will be used for other storm-related projects.
Hill said the town has 18 months to complete all the work funded by FEMA.
Possibilities for opening the park are to have it be day-use only, RV camping only, tent-camping only or not to open it at all.
The council also discussed what to charge for camping if they do open it.
"We could just open the inner circle, raise prices and charge separately for electricity and water/sewer," Hill said.