Boat Dock Renovations

The Greenwood Parks Department has received a $10,000 grant, courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, for the renovation of the boat dock on Greenwood Lake. According to Parks Director Richard McKinney the project will entail more than just the dock. The current gate will be removed, the parking lot will be paved adding space for cars and boats and signage will be added to indicate the location of the lake area walking trails. A south trail will also be added to the existing walking trail approximately a mile in length.

The city had already received $125, 000 from the Arkansas Highway Department to which they added $31,000 as a part of that matching grant. So the project in total has been budgeted for $166,000. However, McKinney stated that if the city can do the work themselves it could save them as much as $50,000.

When all of the planned trails are finished the trail will be about 10 miles long.

In other news the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) will lower the water level of Lake Jack Nolen following the Labor Day Holiday (September 6). The drawdown will lower the lake’s water level by four to six feet and should last until mid-winter.

Lake Jack Nolen was last drawn down in the fall of 2012. In the future, drawdowns will be conducted at Lake Jack Nolen on a five-year rotation, with the next drawdown scheduled for 2021. According to a press release from AGFC drawdowns are an important fishery management tool because they congregate baitfish so that sportfish may feed upon them. This increases the growth rates of sportfish such as bass and crappie. Drawdowns also allow landowners to complete AGFC approved land-use projects around the lakeshore. Landowners are reminded that you must have an approved permit application before beginning construction of any new structures on your lot adjacent to Lake Jack Nolen. During the drawdown, no vehicles are allowed on the lake bottom.

If you have questions or wish to obtain a copy of the AGFC Land Use Policy, please call the Russellville Regional Office at 1-877-967-7577 and ask to speak with Frank Leone.