Monday, August 31, 2009

Lake Norman North Carolina - Swimming may finally come to Lake Norman Parks

Lake Norman State ParkLake Norman North Carolina has a number of beautiful state parks but with no swimming access at any of them except for Lake Norman State Park in Troutman, NC.
However, that may all change after a meeting by Mecklenburg officials this week. Here is a recent article by the Charlotte Observer that explains what will be talked about.
Mecklenburg leaders this week are expected to lift a 32-year-old swimming ban at the county's waterfront parks, possibly leading to the re-opening of public beaches on Lake Wylie and Lake Norman.
Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation staff spent several months examining the feasibility of public swimming. The review included the county-operated parks at Copper Head Island, McDowell Nature Preserve, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, Blythe Landing, Ramsey Creek and Jetton Road.
Lake Norman sunset
"As the lakes have been built out, there are very few places that the average person can go to swim," said Jennifer Roberts, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission.
Roberts said she expected Commissioners to lift the swimming ban at their meeting Tuesday night.
Preparing the parks for public swimming still requires the approval of Duke Energy, which controls the lakes, as well as dredging and the installation of markers and buoys.
"There are some very unsafe places in our Catawba River and in our lakes, and what we want to do is give people a safe place," Roberts told NewsChannel 36, adding the county hopes to post lifeguards at the public swimming areas.
Lake Norman North Carolina
Exact locations for swimming have not yet been finalized, officials said, and the public beaches may not be ready until the summer of 2012.
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