Visitors center dedication set for Oct. 15

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - With the building project at Eagles Bluff Park nearly completed, the Perry County Parks and Recreation Board has scheduled a dedication ceremony for the new visitors center-restroom building Oct. 15.

Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the board Wednesday, "It looks like everything's done except the asphalting. They're currently scheduled to pave Friday, weather permitting."

The project's architect is scheduled to do a "punch list," which is basically a final inspection, Thursday.

A shelterhouse has also been erected at the park, which overlooks the Cannelton Locks and Dam on the Ohio River. Adams noted that the contractor for the visitors center and parking lot project "is putting in a paved walk to the shelter."

A Perry County Community Foundation grant paid for the shelter and also provided enough money for some picnic tables and grills at the park.

Adams said he had ordered eight picnic tables for the park, three of which will be placed in the shelter house. He has also ordered six box grills, two of which will be placed at the shelter.

Penn, the company from which the shelter kit and picnic tables were purchased, has discontinued making the eight-foot steel-frame, handicap-accessible tables the board wanted. So Adams said he ordered eight-foot treated pine tables after consulting with board president Edd Ransom.

Adams said he has also applied for another Perry County Community Foundation grant to erect another shelterhouse at the park.

The board discussed what security measures are necessary to keep the park's new facilities in good shape. Board member Dan Peter suggested installing motion-activated cameras there.

Adams noted that some civic groups are already scheduling activities at the park. "Leadership Perry County wants to have its natural-resources class up there Oct. 16 and the community foundation wants to have one of its board meetings up there Oct. 28," he said.

The board also discussed when to re-open the park, which has been closed to the public during construction. Ransom suggested Oct. 4 as a tentative date for opening it.

The general public will also be invited to the Oct. 15 dedication ceremony. A time for it will be announced later.