The first phase of major improvements at Lake Tobesofkee is complete, and staff celebrated with Mayor Lester Miller, Commissioners, and others at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the New Ranger Station on March 11, 2021.
“With these improvements, we’re providing much better facilities for both employees and the public,” says Mayor Lester Miller. “Recreation and tourism were identified by our Transition Team as an area that we, as a government and community, needed to focus on, and here we are today celebrating that kind of work.”
Thanks to about $1.3 million in voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds:
- each of the three parks (Claystone, Arrowhead, and Sandy Beach) have new gatehouses;
- the new ranger station in Claystone Park (to replace the trailers currently housing offices) was built;
- two restroom facilities in Claystone and Sandy Beach Parks were rebuilt; and
- five unsafe structures were demolished.
“Our Lake is truly amazing for what it offers people, and this work is greatly needed,” says Donald Bracewell, Lake Tobesofkee Director. “With our new facilities, we can better serve the public and our entire area will be more attractive to visitors.” The second phase of improvements are set to begin, and that will include:
- Four pickleball courts at Sandy Beach Park;
- Renovating and upgrading the outside pavilion at Sandy Beach Park;
- Improving the enclosed pavilion and renovating four existing bathroom structures at Claystone Park; and
- Renovating the four existing bathroom structures at Arrowhead Park.
A previous SPLOST-funded project at Lake Tobesofkee included building a mile-long of flow trail at Arrowhead Park, providing walkers, runners, and cyclists with a path that includes hills, bumps, and sharp turns. With its addition, there are approximately 12-13 miles of bikeable and hikeable trails in Arrowhead Park.