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Lake Norman State Park to Dedicate New Swim Beach Complex

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Lake Norman State Park to Dedicate New Swim Beach Complex

RALEIGH -- Lake Norman State Park in Iredell County will dedicate a new swim beach complex April 29 at 1 p.m., according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The ceremony will mark the completion of a $3.1 million improvement project at the only public swimming area on the 32,510-acre lake. The two-year project was funded through the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which is supported in turn, by the state's tax on real estate deed transfers. The fund is the division's principal source for financing land acquisition and capital improvement projects in the state parks system.

The swim complex includes a 125-yard-long sand beach, a 3,084-square-foot bathhouse and concession building, a 500-square-foot toilet building, a 50-foot fully accessible fishing pier, a 300-space parking area, and picnic grounds with 75 individual sites and two 1,952-square-foot shelters.

"We're very excited about this new swim complex, and it has already become very popular since construction was completed in November. We wanted an opportunity to formally unveil it to the community," said Park Superintendent Casey Rhinehart. "Alongside our developing system of mountain bike trails, Lake Norman State Park now has a broader repertoire of recreation opportunities than ever."

Rhinehart added that plans are still being considered for the park's old swim beach area, located on a small impoundment adjoining Lake Norman. The park's boat rental operation will continue at that site, but it is among several being considered for a park visitor center to be constructed eventually. That small swim beach, constructed in the 1960s, was sometimes overcrowded and water quality was periodically poor.

The new swim beach complex is located in the southwestern part of the 1,611-acre park. Currently, there is no charge for swimming, and there are no parking or admission fees at the park.

Architect for the project was DTW Architects of Durham, and general contractor was Farley Associates.

Lake Norman State Park was created in 1962 by a donation of land from Duke Power Co. and had 445,275 visitors in 2004.