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40 Mile Park hopeful for more expansion

Posted on February 14, 2019 by 40 Mile Commentator
Commentator/Courier File Photo 40 Mile Park chair Craig Widmer

Justin Seward

The Forty Mile Park board is always thinking of ways to enhance the visitor’s experience.
While fishing and boating has always been the recreation of choice, the park has renovated the shower and bathroom complex as well as add a 18 hole mini-golf course, power to three of the campgrounds and underground sprinkler
The Last Resort Club, in partnership with the park board, are now looking into expansion with a pickleball court , which could be completed sometime in 2020.
The multi-use court will have to wait a year because the club missed the grant deadline for 2019.
“It’s going to be a joint venture between them and the park,” said Forty Mile Park board chair Craig Widmer.
“But it’s sounds pretty positive. It’s something new for the park. It’s an ongoing process out there.”
Discussions began for a pickleball court a year ago, but the board wanted the court to be something more for everyone to use.
“The pickleball court will include volleyball (and)basketball hoops,” said Widmer.
“It’s going to be quite a big slab of cement with a wall around it. It will come about if we get the grant for it.”
Widmer’s vision has been to find ways to increase recreation at the park other then fishing and boating.
“I said to attract people we need to do something else out there especially for the kids,” he said.
“There’s no pavement out there, so it’s hard to ride bicycles on gravel. There’s alot of people that come out for the weekend for three or four days. They don’t want to go boating. They maybe want to go down to the swimming hole.”
This year’s projects will include finishing another campground and beach maintenance to have more parking.

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