Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

August 15, 2013 by · Comments Off on Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds 


Hardbound books provided by atheists await delivery this week to Georgia state parks. Note from the shipping boxes that some of the books were printed in China.


From the Athens Banner-Herald:

Ed Buckner, a former president of American Atheists Inc., said he brought two atheist books for each cottage at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville. The Cranford, N.J.-based organization had said it would supply atheist texts for lodging in Georgia state parks after the governor said in May any religious group could donate literature.

Bibles were temporarily removed earlier this year after Buckner complained about finding them in a cabin he rented at Amicalola Falls State Park. They were returned after the state attorney general said the books were permissible since the state hadn’t paid for them. In May, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the Bibles returned to state park cabins and said any religious group could donate books.

Buckner said Wednesday he was told by officials at Red Top Mountain State Park that the books he dropped off — “The Skeptics Annotated Bible” by Steve Wells and “Fear, Faith, Fact, Fantasy” by Dr. John A. Henderson — wouldn’t be immediately put in cottages at Red Top Mountain because the manager would have to make sure they complied with regulations.

Buckner planned to bring copies of those two texts as well as a third one — “Why I Am Not a Muslim” by Ibn Warraq — to A.H. Stephens Historic Park in Crawfordville later Wednesday. He also said he planned to bring atheist texts to other Georgia state parks later in the week.


From the Washington Post:

Crews have uncovered another large hole in a northern Indiana dune that swallowed a 6-year-old Illinois boy as he played in the sand, a national parks official said Wednesday (Aug. 14).

The pocket — about 10 inches wide and perhaps five feet deep — is 100 yards from the spot at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where family members and rescue crews toiled for three hours to retrieve Nathan Woessner on July 12, National Park Service Ranger Bruce Rowe said. The dune, known as Mount Baldy, has been closed to the public since then.

Click here to read the entire story.

From The Elkhart Truth:

It’s official. As of Wednesday (Aug. 14) morning, Thor Industries Inc. is centered in the heart of Elkhart, Ind.

“We’re proud to be part of the downtown area,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO standing next to company co-founder and chairman Peter Orthwein. The company and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to officially open the headquarters of one of the top players in the recreational vehicle industry.

“The building had been empty for six years,” Martin said of the site at 601 E. Beardsley Ave., a spot with a view of the St. Joseph River and Island Park. “A lot of people in the community had noticed that it was empty here. People have known it as the Coachmen building or something like that from many years ago, so we wanted to put our own touches on it. We’re very proud of all this.”

To read the entire article click here.


From the Ithaca Journal:

Sections of several state parks in central New York are closed for the season because of damage caused by last week’s heavy rains and flooding.

The regional director for state parks in the Finger Lakes says that most of the damage occurred in the area near Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca. About five inches of rain fell there Aug. 8-9, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to a road through the park, a swimming area and a trail.

Officials say the swimming area will be closed for the rest of the summer. Crews are clearing mud and debris from the trail.

The nearby Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls state parks were damaged to a lesser extent.



Feds Test Dune Sinkhole That Swallowed Boy

August 13, 2013 by · Comments Off on Feds Test Dune Sinkhole That Swallowed Boy 

Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the southern end of Lake Michigan has been closed since 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was rescued from a sinkhole.

On Monday (Aug. 12), the EPA brought a team of about seven people to use high tech equipment to identify any sinkholes or dangers under the sand, ABC 57 News, South Bend, reported.

The equipment the EPA is using is normally used to locate broken pipes or hazardous materials underground.

With the naked eye, it’s hard to know what’s exactly under a fast moving dune like Mount Baldy.

But that’s exactly what the EPA’s Region Five Team is trying to help the National Park Service (NPS) figure out.

“Our data is here to support the NPS so that these types of incidents don’t happen again,” said Francisco Arcaute, EPA Region 5 Spokesman in Chicago.

One month ago Nathan Woessner was walking up a hill on Mount Baldy when he fell into a sinkhole. A white pole marks the spot where he went under the sand. That’s where they’re starting their investigation.

“At this point we know Mount Baldy is the fastest moving dune and we know there’s trees under it. This is the only spot that’s closed, the only spot we’re investigating,” said Bruce Rowe, spokesman for the National Parks Service.

All 42 acres of the dune are being examined.

The equipment was brought in by ATV and placed at the bottom of the dune.

EPA’s crews placed markers in the sand, and the equipment is carried and even rolled up the hill.

“It sees shapes for example if there is a tree so to speak or something buried there or who knows what. We’ll look into it,” said Arcaute.

Leading the path is a high tech GPS tracker which is worn like a backpack.

The ground sensing radar equipment follows. It produces a series of images of the ground to a depth of 30-feet.

“It’s like an ultrasound, like a 3-D image,” said Arcaute.

While this part of the investigation could possibly go into Tuesday. It’s unclear how long it will take and when Mount Baldy could reopen.

The EPA is assisting the park service, so this part of the investigation won’t cost the park service anything.



Sand Dune Swallowing Survivor Faces Rehab

July 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The National Park Service is investigating what caused a hole in an Indiana dune that swallowed a 6-year-old boy, trapping him for more than three hours beneath 11 feet of sand before rescuers could reach him, The Associated Press reported.

Geologists theorize that a long-buried tree trunk decomposed and created the void — and possibly an air pocket that kept the boy alive — in the dune known as Mount Baldy, and hope to use ground-sensing equipment to peer beneath the surface, said Bruce Rowe, a ranger at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill., was unresponsive when he was found last Friday (July 12), but began breathing en route to a waiting ambulance. He remained in critical but stable condition Wednesday at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where doctors said he is expected to make a full neurological recovery, though he may suffer lingering lung problems from inhaling sand.

“At this point, we still don’t know what caused the hole,” Rowe said, though the tree theory seems plausible because the dune moves about 4 to 10 feet a year and “it’s covered a lot of trees.”

“We’ve never seen evidence of a hole associated with it,” Rowe said.

Rescuers found decayed bark when they reached Nathan, shortly after one of them inserted a probe into the sand in an area that looked like the outline of a tree trunk. A tree was not found, though “quite a bit of bark” was, leading to speculation that the sand many feet below the surface might have been wet enough to hold the shape of a long-decayed trunk, Rowe said.

“But there certainly is no conclusion that we can draw at this point,” he said.

Rowe said a team of geologists and others will meet today to discuss what equipment could be used to scan the dune and determine the next steps in the investigation.

Mount Baldy will be closed indefinitely, he said. About two-thirds of the dune already was roped off to try to keep visitors from trampling native dune grasses and other vegetation that had been planted to help keep the sand in place, Rowe said. The dune historically moved about 4 feet southward each year, but in recent years has moved 10-12 feet, he said.

The 123-foot-tall Mount Baldy is the tallest of the dunes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which runs for about 25 miles along the southern shore of Lake Michigan and attracts families, hikers and birdwatchers.

Nathan was climbing the dune with an 8-year-old friend and their fathers last Friday when the friend yelled that Nathan had disappeared. Rescuers used backhoes, shovels and their hands to reach the boy.

Doctors have said Nathan could be taken off a ventilator by the end of the week and released from the hospital within two weeks, but may need another month in a rehab facility.


The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

January 30, 2013 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 

2013 Connecticut campground guide cover.


From the Connecticut Campground Owners Association:

The 2013 Connecticut Camping Guide has been published.

For a copy of the guide, call (860) 521-4704, visit or e-mail


From The Las Vegas Sun:

Reno Assemblyman David Bobzien says state parks will need investment from the Nevada Legislature during the upcoming session because there’s no precedent to suggest parks can be self-sustaining.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources outlined its budget plan for state parks Tuesday (Jan. 29) during a hearing before legislative money committees. About a third of the total $24 million budget proposal comes from the state general fund.

The budget submitted by Gov. Brian Sandoval calls for $7,000 to restore a State Parks Training Academy centered on staff training in customer service and teamwork. Additional items include restoration of a maintenance position in southern Nevada, a push for expanding sales outlets and exploring sponsorship arrangements.


From a news release:

The governor’s office announced Friday (Jan. 25)  that Island Beach State Park, one of the most popular destinations in the New Jersey State Park System, is now partially reopened for walking, sport fishing and four-wheel driving after cleanup from damages caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Public access to Island Beach State Park is now possible with the recent reopening of Route 35 in Seaside Park. Entry to the park during this initial reopening phase is free.

Island Beach State Park sustained considerable damage when Sandy hit New Jersey on Oct. 29. In addition to the loss of electric and gas utilities, dunes were breached at certain beach access paths along the nearly 10-mile length of the park, leaving piles of sand as tall as seven feet high along portions of Shore Road, the main artery through the park.



Maine’s state park reservation system for the 2013 camping season opens this week.

On Friday (Feb. 1), the Division of Parks and Public Lands will accept reservations only for Sebago Lake State Park, and only for a minimum of four nights.

Then on Feb. 4, the reservations system opens at 9 a.m. for all state park campgrounds.

Parks and Public Lands Director Will Harris said the Sebago Lake Campground is one of the most popular in the state, and campers tend to stay there longer than at other state parks.

Campers have four ways to make reservations: Online at; by calling in-state at (800) 332-1501; by mailing reservations or by making them in person in Augusta.


From National Parks Traveler:

Is a reliable water source at the Dunewood Campground in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore worth $3 a night to you? If so, then you probably won’t mind the lakeshore’s proposed increase in camping fees at the campground.

The proposed fee increase is intended to offset the cost of a municipal waterline that was installed in 2012 and which goes into service this year. The municipal water will improve the quality and reliability of the water supply compared to the previous well system and increases the capacity of hydrants to provide fire protection, according to a lakeshore release. The increased camping fee will cover the costs of paying the water company for the water used by the campground.

The proposed $3 increase will boost the cost of a campsite to $18 per night at the Dunewood Campground. Even with this increase, the cost is below the range of $19 – $29.50 charged at comparable campgrounds in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, the release said.

The National Park Service is also seeking authority to charge a new fee of $10 per person for the annual Century of Progress Historic Homes tour and for other historic homes tours as may be offered. The Century of Progress tour is exceptionally popular with all 800 available tour slots being reserved within days of the announcement each year.

While partner groups, Indiana Landmarks and the Dunes National Park Association, have assisted with these tours by collecting fees for a shuttle service, the park has not been able to recover the other costs associated with this special event. The fee is comparable or lower than other historic properties that have similar limited public access.


The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

October 24, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From the Madison (Ind.) Courier:

The city council in Carrollton, Ky., got an update on the city’s new municipal campground, Two Rivers Campground, at its Oct. 22 meeting.

Council member Robb Adams said an RV club stayed at the campgrounds over the weekend, and the group looks forward to returning.

“They liked everything about it,” Adams said.

Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry said Halloween events with arts and crafts, candy and goodie bags for children were well-received.

“It was a great weekend, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said.

The campground had about 25 children throughout the weekend events. Another Halloween weekend event will be held Oct. 26-27 for campers at the campground.

The council also discussed communicating with General Butler State Resort Park about letting visitors know about Two Rivers Campground after the state park reaches capacity. McMurry said he had discussed the possibility with park managers. He plans to contact park managers again before the weekend.

“If they referred us five, that’s huge,” Adams said.


From the Post-Tribune, Merrillville:

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan announced Tuesday (Oct. 23) that, according to the results of an annual survey of park visitors, 97% of the survey respondents thought the quality of facilities, services and recreational opportunities at the park were either “very good” or “good.”

This level of visitor satisfaction ties the highest ever recorded at the Dunes National Lakeshore since the yearly surveys began in 1998. These surveys are conducted at all national parks every year and are distributed and managed by the Park Studies Unit of the University of Idaho.

“There are few institutions that can receive a 97% favorable rating from their customers. Providing a high quality of services and facilities for the 2 million people who visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a hallmark of the National Park Service and a testament to the outstanding work of park employees, partners, and volunteers,” said Constantine Dillon, the park’s superintendent, who was pleased with the results.

Visitors were asked to comment on the “overall quality of facilities, services, and recreational opportunities” and were given five choices ranging from very good, good, average, poor or very poor. Respondents marking either very good or good were counted as being satisfied with the park. According to the University of Idaho’s Park Studies Unit, this survey is consistent with accepted social science practices, the Office of Management and Budget guidelines, and customer service evaluations in the private sector.


From the Parksville Qualicum Beach News:

The board of the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) this week gave a green light to a planned RV park in the Bowser-Deep Bay area.

The development permit application, which received preliminary approval at the RDN committee of the whole meeting, was submitted by David and Penny Aalhus to permit a resort vehicle park campground consisting of 10 recreational vehicle sites.

The application also requested permission to redevelop one of the two buildings currently on site into an office and washroom for the facility. The second dwelling is proposed to be used as the caretaker’s residence.

The lot is located at 5996 Island Highway West near the shore of Qualicum Bay.

The RDN move still has to be finalized at the next regular board meeting.


From KRQE-TV, Albuquerque:

The U.S. Forest Service was prepared to evacuate three campgrounds Tuesday (Oct. 23) as a wildfire displaying “extreme fire behavior” continues to grow north of Red River.

The Midnight Fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. in the area of Midnight Meadow south of Ortiz Peak and roughly eight miles northeast of Red River on the Questa Ranger District.

Initially reported at 50 acres, by 5 p.m. it had grown to an estimated 250 acres, according to a spokesperson for the Carson National Forest.

An unknown number of firefighters on are on scene, and dozer crews, engine companies and additional fire teams are on the way. Air tankers also have been dispatched in part because of the current fire behavior but given the forecast for high winds on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s winds were enough to keep the aircraft grounded.

Earlier in the day, when the fire was still at 50 acres, campers in the Valle Vidal, McCrystal and Cimarron campgrounds were asked to be prepared to evacuate. It is not know if the Forest Service has ordered evacuations since then.


From Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor:

Michigan school children will soon study nature at a place many people might find surprising: Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, Mich.

The auto racing track hosts crowds in excess of 100,000 when NASCAR comes to Brooklyn twice each summer.

But Adrian College biology professor Jeff Lake says the other 50 weeks of the year, the track’s campgrounds are ideal for exploring the ecosystems of the Irish Hills.

“This gives kids a real good opportunity to come out and interact with local flora and local fauna … go out on a trail walk and actually see plants in their native environment … get to see the woods. And get that interpreted in a scientific framework,” says Lake.

Track president Roger Curtis says he hopes the program will encourage Michigan school children to become interested in environmentalism and conservation.

An Adrian College official says its important to expose 7th-grade students to science and math in new and different ways, because that’s the age that many students lose interest in science and math.


RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 7, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From the Northwest Indiana Times:

The National Park Service has installed a new fee system at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Dunewood Campground.

The campground now features an automated fee machine that will allow quick and convenient check-in at the campground 24 hours a day. This machine, which replaces the envelope and drop safe system used since the campground opened, will take credit and debit cards only. Cash will no longer be accepted.

Sites are still available on a first-come, first-served basis, but with this new fee machine, campers can now pay at one time for their entire stay of up to 14 days.

This year, the Dunewood Campground season runs through Oct. 21.

This National Park Service site features 53 conventional drive-in sites and 25 walk-in sites. There are no electrical hookups, but there are modern restrooms and showers available. All sites are $15 per night. Fees are reduced by 50 percent for holders of the national Senior or Access passes. Alcohol is prohibited in the campground.

To prevent movement of the emerald ash borer, which kills ash trees, campers should not bring wood from outside of the immediate area. Wood can be purchased from one of several local sources near the campground. Also, do not take unused wood from the campsite home.


From Yahoo! Sports:

A writer for Yahoo! Sports has identified five state-run campgrounds where she enjoys tent camping. They are: Lake Carmi State Campground, Smugglers’ Notch State Campground, Half Moon Pond State Campground, Wilgus State Campground and Stillwater State Campground.

Click here to read the entire story.


From News Radio 880, Edmonton:

The rain in the forecast is good news for provincial firefighters but could put a damper on camping plans.

A few campgrounds in Central Alberta are closed due to flood risk.

The province announced that it’s closed Red Lodge Provincial Park, near Bowden, and also Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area and Snow Creek Provincial Recreation Area, near Rocky Mountain House.

Campers with reservations will be given refunds.


From the Green Bay Press Gazette:

The campground at Gov. Thompson State Park in Crivitz opened last weekend.

Of the 50 sites now available at the park 16 are electric and 34 are rustic. There is also a new shower/toilet building open for campers.

“We think campers will really enjoy all Gov. Thompson State Park has to offer,” said Park Superintendent Maggie Kailhofer, “There are more than 16 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy and there is boat access to the park as well as boat access campsites. We hope by offering camping more people will experience this scenic piece of property.”

Work at the park isn’t done. By early fall a 50-site addition is expected to be completed, opening to campers in spring of 2013.

Gov. Thompson State park was established in 2000 as a centennial state park. Its 2,800 acres are nestled on the edge of Caldron Falls Reservoir and the Peshtigo River State Forest.


National Geographic Names 10 ‘Urban Escapes’

August 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on National Geographic Names 10 ‘Urban Escapes’ 

Most people, even dedicated urbanites, need a break now and then from concrete jungle, round-the-clock noise and exhaust fumes.

Some American cities are lucky enough to have units of the National Park System right on their doorsteps, offering recreation and natural beauty within easy reach of millions.

The editors of National Geographic have picked the top 10 “urban escapes.”

According to a news release, they are:

  1. Gateway National Recreation Area New York Harbor, New York and New Jersey.
  2. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco Bay Area, California.
  3. Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  4. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Los Angeles Into Ventura County, California.
  5. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.
  6. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts.
  7. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Gary and Michigan City, Indiana, and Chicago.
  8. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta.
  9. Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
  10. Biscayne National Park, Miami.

To read a copy of the entire news release click here.

Lakeshore Reports Record 2010, But Just 1% Camped

January 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on Lakeshore Reports Record 2010, But Just 1% Camped 

A family uses one of 78 sites at Dunewood Campground inside the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

A record setting 2,165,605 visits were made to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2010, the National Park Service reported today (Jan. 13).

That figure represents an 11.8% increase over 2009 and the most visits ever recorded in a single year to the region’s only national park, the Chesterton Tribune reported.

The vast majority were day-use visitors, as just over 1% of the visitors camped.

“Surveys show that approximately 80% of the park’s visitors are not from the local area,” Superintendent Constantine Dillon said. “That means some 1.6 million of these visits are from people outside Northwest Indiana contributing to the local economy through tourism spending.”

Nearly half a million visitors came to the park in July, the park’s busiest month, and June and August saw over 300,000 in each month. The Dunewood Campground had 23,439 people stay at least one night either in a tent or an RV. Meanwhile, the 2010 survey of park-visitor satisfaction revealed that 91% rated the park’s recreation opportunities as good or very good.

The most visited area of the park was the Lake Michigan shoreline. Visits to individual sites included 172, 840 at Mount Baldy, 118,743 to the Bailly/Chellberg area, 176,920 to West Beach, and 140,304 at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

Hobart Residents Seek to Save Their Park

October 6, 2009 by · Comments Off on Hobart Residents Seek to Save Their Park 

Opponents of a proposed recreational vehicle development that incorporates Robinson Lake in Hobart, Ind., want to make sure their voices are heard before the project becomes a reality.

To that end, 4th District Councilman Dave Vinzant says he will introduce a resolution Wednesday (Oct. 7) that would call for development there to follow the natural resource orientation of the area, according to the Gary Post-Tribune.

Vinzant said by introducing the resolution the council, residents of the city 38 miles southeast of Chicago will have a chance to discuss the proposal before it takes shape.

In the past, fishermen fished at Robinson Lake. As of October 2006, former Mayor Linda Buzenic announced the “highest and best use” for Robinson Lake would be to put it up for sale, according to the Post-Tribune.

“There has been a rough proposal for a plan to do some development along Hobart’s west side. There is no formal proposal at this point,” he said. That plan calls for converting the vacant St. Sava picnic property into a RV park and youth center with the city either leasing or selling the public lake to the developers for the project.

Vinzant said residents’ concerns are varied. Many fear losing the natural buffer that separates the west side residential area of Hobart with the heavy crime neighborhood of Gary’s Glen Park. Others do not want to lose access to the public area they frequent.

Environmental concerns include losing the continuous natural green space on the west side of the city, which also includes lands owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Shirley Heinz Foundation.

The city closed the park four years ago, after banning swimming because it was not cost-effective to staff it with lifeguards. The park’s gate has been closed since then but the site is routinely used by people who jog, walk their dogs or fish in the lake.

Since the proposal was first made public, it has met opposition by both residents and the Sierra Club Dunelands Group. Residents have formed a group called Friends of Robinson Lake to oppose any development there.

Member Sandy O’Brien, who is also a member of the Sierra Club Dunelands Group, said the Friends of Robinson Lake want to see it remain a public park.

“It’s a valuable piece of green infrastructure in an area where there isn’t a lot of green space,” O’Brien said.

The group is rallying supporters to attend Wednesday’s council meeting.

“It’s very important for the councilmen to see that people care,” O’Brien said.

Storm Floods Northwest Indiana Campsites

July 30, 2009 by · Comments Off on Storm Floods Northwest Indiana Campsites 

The quirky weather of summer 2009 dealt a one-two punch Tuesday (July 28) that caused flooding and power outages and disrupted vacation campouts in a lakeside sliver of northeastern Porter County in northwest Indiana, according to the Gary Post Tribune

“It was relentless. We were getting sideways rain in the first one,” said Brandt Maugham, Indiana Dunes State Park property manager, describing the first storm off the lake around 2 p.m. 

About an hour later with power at the town hall out, Dune Acres Deputy Town Clerk-Treasurer Sherry King decided to break off working on next year’s budget and go home early. 

“I stepped out the door and was up to my ankles in water. I had to wade to my car,” she said. 

King said she came back about 7 p.m. with her husband, Harold, a town maintenance worker, as the second storm was moving out and discovered water in her office. 

“It was under the desk. The water came in and soaked the carpet,” Harold said Wednesday morning while drying the building with fans. 

Outside, the parking lot was still filled with water. 

“The park and the soccer field are flooded. We had just finished painting it and the kids were playing on it,” he said. 

Rainfall totals indicated the storm effects were very localized, with 6 inches reported at the state park nature center, but 1.34 inches in the gauge at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Waverly Road, according to officials in the parks. 

“We have 20 or 25 campsites with a significant amount of water,” Baugham said Wednesday morning. 

He said Dunes Creek experienced a flash flood, but “high water” signs posted on park roads were due to come down. 

“Our Youth Conservation Corps workers cleaned the water and sand away. We hired 78 of them for the summer, all from Porter and Lake counties,” he said. 

Baugham said there had been no emergency calls for assistance as a result of the storm. 

Lakeshore Deputy Superintendent Garry Traynham returned from an inspection of the national park campground to report, “everything appears to be fine.” 

He said a section of asphalt walkway the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk had been undercut by washed-out sand, which covered several sections of pavement.