POLK CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is holding a celebration to show off renovations to Big Creek State Park later this month.
Work began in 2011 on a $3 million project including making improvements to boat ramps and adding more shelters and restrooms.
Three new shelters with adjacent restrooms were built. They include handicapped-accessible picnic tables.
Nine cabana shelters along Big Creek’s beach, which is the largest in the state’s park system, are already available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Efforts to improve the water quality of the lake were also part of the project, with $425,000 already invested. An additional $580,000 is earmarked for future work on the issue.
The celebration is being held July 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the beach area of the park. It’s free to the public and a light meal will be offered following a dedication program in Shelter #3 at 4:15 p.m.
The DNR says Big Creek is one of its busiest state parks and more than 350,000 people visit each year.