Here’s an update on a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago, about plans for a public swimming beach on Lake Norman, at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. It now appears that the new beach may not be open in Summer 2014, as originally reported.
Commissioner Karen Bentley said Tuesday that Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation officials have told her it could be 2016 before a swimming area is open at Ramsey Creek Park, though she says even that is a “fluid date. ”
Bentley had announced at a Lake Norman Chamber Focus Friday meeting on June 21 that money included in this year’s county budget would fund the beach project and allow swimming a year from now, depending on how long it takes for the county to obtain the necessary federal permits.
“The communication I got from Park & Rec was overzealous and incorrect,” she said.
She said she has been talking to Mecklenburg Park & Rec chief Jim Garges and plans to issue a new advisory about the project soon.
Garges could not be reached on Tuesday for comment.
Public swimming on Lake Norman is currently available only at one location, Lake Norman State Park in Troutman. Mecklenburg County banned swimming on the lake a couple of decades ago after a series of drownings.
Stay tuned. We’ll update this story when we get more information.