Lake Tobesofkee parks got a nice sprucing up just before hosting Fourth of July events this weekend.
Officials on Thursday showed off extensive new landscaping at Sandy Beach Park, where fireworks will be launched at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The work repairs two-year-old damage caused when the Mother’s Day tornado ripped out many of the trees and caused extensive erosion.
Separately, county officials also showed off a new fishing dock with handicap access, which Lake Tobesofkee Director Doug Furney said has already proven popular since it opened last week. Furney expects the $20,000 pier will become more popular as fishing improves later in the year. While it is accessible to people with disabilities, it is open to everyone.
At Sandy Beach, changes include plenty of fresh sod for fireworks watchers, as well as two new retaining walls and some riprap to control erosion.
Furney said a pavilion had been getting washed with mud each time it rained, and now the area is beautiful.
Restoration and improvement work continues in the Lake Tobesofkee parks, Furney said.
Sunday’s “Sparks Over The Park” fireworks event will also feature music by Loose Skrews. Sandy Beach Park will open at 9 a.m. and Claystone and Arrowhead parks will open at 6 a.m. Admission is $3 per person and free for children under 6.
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