COLUMBUS, OH – Construction work will begin in October on improvements to the popular New Galena and Hollenback boat launching facilities at Alum Creek State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Both launch ramps will close temporarily beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The construction projects will entail rebuilding and resurfacing the ramps, as well as expansion of the parking areas.
To facilitate the construction, the lake level at Alum Creek will be drawn down a total of eleven feet beginning September 15, and will reach the target level in about two months. Most years, the lake drawdown total for the winter months is just three feet, beginning in mid October.
Alum Creek’s Cheshire Boat Launch Ramp will remain open and available to boaters throughout the construction projects, although the boarding and launching docks will be removed for the winter. Two additional boat launch ramps at Howard Road and the park’s campground will be unavailable when the lake drawdown is completed, due to the low water level.
Other park facilities at the New Galena area, including the “Players” disc golf course and the snowmobile and multipurpose trail, will also be unavailable to park visitors during the construction project. The New Galena area will remain closed until the anticipated completion date of June 20, 2012. The Hollenback ramp will remain closed until the anticipated opening of May 1, 2012.
Alum Creek State Park is located south of the city of Delaware. Additional recreational facilities at the park, which will remain open during the boat ramp construction, include the Class A family campground with 286 electric sites; 38 miles of bridle trails and a 30-site primitive equestrian camp; 14 miles of mountain biking trails; and a dog park.
For more information, contact:
Loren Hart, Alum Creek State Park