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April 12, 2024

Wittenburg Access amenities coming soon

AMENITIES COMING TO LAKE ACCESS — Duke Energy is currently overseeing the construction of a swim beach, which will be accompanied by a building that includes outdoor showers, a changing area, restrooms, an office, concessions, and a picnic shelter at the Wittenburg Access at Lake Hickory in Bethlehem. (Aerial photo courtesy of Brandon Brumley.)

 

Construction continues on the new recreation features at the Wittenburg Access Area on Lake Hickory in Bethlehem, according to a county press release.

According to Alexander County Parks Director Alisha Stamey, Duke Energy is currently overseeing the construction of a swim beach, which will be accompanied by a building that includes outdoor showers, a changing area, restrooms, an office, concessions, and a picnic shelter. A second picnic shelter will also be constructed. The two shelters will be available for reservations.

Duke Energy estimates that construction will be complete by late summer 2023, Stamey said.

The swim beach and associated amenities will be open each year from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be a park attendant on duty with concessions available, including drinks, snacks, prewrapped sandwiches, and more. There will be no lifeguards at the swim beach.

A new concrete pedestrian walkway now leads to the fishing pier; however, the pier remains closed until construction is complete to ensure safety within the work zone. Picnic tables will be available along the walkway.

In 2022, the one-mile Heron Point Nature Trail was completed and the boat ramp parking area was repaved and restriped with additional spaces added. The nature trail and boat ramps are currently open to the public.

The Wittenburg Access Area is located at 175 Wildlife Access Road in Bethlehem. All Alexander County Parks rules apply. Learn more online at https://alexandercountync.gov/pdf/ordinances/parks-ordinance.pdf.

5 Comments

  1. Keith Hansen on March 16, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    This is my project! It’s really cool to see you covering it. I live in Taylorsville. Our companies name is Wayne Brothers Civil out of Davidson, NC. The on-site foreman is Stephen Smith of Lenoir. It would be really cool if once it’s complete, you do another coverage on it and give the company and crew a shout out in the article. I would be happy to inform you once it’s completed. Thanks for covering it.

  2. Victoria on March 16, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Where are the horse trails

  3. Mikeal Farr on March 17, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I think that’s is great. Give families a to place to enjoy time together. Also bring in new visitors that could help bring in more revenue for the area.

  4. Lynn Atkins on March 18, 2023 at 8:54 am

    What a great place for families to spend quality time together, and it’s going to be absolutely beautiful!! Shout out to Keith Hansen, with Wayne Brothers Civil, GREAT JOB!!

  5. David Lackey on March 20, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Will there be signs placed on the vehicle with trailer parking spaces prohibiting vehicles without trailers parking in those spaces? With so many additional people coming to use the expanded facilities, I can foresee a parking problem for boaters unless signs are posted on the vehicle with trailer spaces prohibiting vehicles without boat trailers.

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