News and notes from the outdoors…
Lake closure to last nine months
A bit of info for those of you who like to go to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. From the state Tourism Department:
The Veterans Lake area of Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Platt Historic District will close at the beginning of June to allow for two major construction projects to occur. The expected duration of the closure is up to nine months.
The first project will be a rehabilitation of the Veterans Lake Dam, intended to bring the dam in compliance with modern safety standards. The second project is the construction of the north shore portion of the Veterans Lake Trail, including a new west trailhead parking area. The North Shore trail will be approximately one mile long and be placed between the North Shore Road and the shoreline, with a connecting trail to Rock Creek Campground. The road across the dam and the parking lot at the south end of the dam will be removed and a trail and new parking lot at the north end of the dam will be built as a replacement.
During the construction period access to the Veterans Lake area and the Southwest Perimeter Road will be closed from U.S. 177 to Rock Creek Campground. No access will be available to the Bromide Hill parking area, the north trailhead of the Rock Creek Multi-use trail, the Veterans Lake Trail and the Veterans Lake Pavilion during this time.
The 15th annual Frigid 5-mile run (and walk) will be on Saturday. According to the Edmond Running Club, about 1,000 runners and walkers will be participating.
Packet pickup will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Elite Feet, next to Kickingbird movie theatre. It’s in the shopping center on the corner of Danforth and Bryant in Edmond.