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R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park and West Point Dam Road to be Closed April 25-27

Published April 22, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District announced today the R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park and the road across West Point Dam will be closed to all vehicular traffic, at 6 p.m Friday April 25, thru 1 p.m. on Sunday April 27, for the 11th Annual West Point Lake Triathlon. 

Georgia Multisports Productions, , will host the event at R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park.  This sporting event involves three activities:  swimming, bicycling, and running.  All three activities will be staged from the R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park boat ramp area.  There will be a collegiate event on Saturday and the annual event will be on Sunday.  Each event will begin at 7 a.m. and will end at approximately 1 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Visitors to R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park will be asked to vacate the area no later than 6 p.m. Friday April 26th so that event coordinators can prepare for the Triathlons. The boat launching ramps in R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park will be closed Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27, and will reopen following the event Sunday afternoon.   The park will remain closed until the event concludes on Sunday. The park and road across the dam will reopen following the event.  Closure of the park and roadway across the dam is necessary for the safety and security of the Triathlon participants.

Spectators should plan to arrive at the park no later than 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Spectator vehicles will not be permitted into the area after 7 a.m.  Volunteers will be on site to direct visitors to designated parking areas.  Other visitors affected by this event may choose to utilize Long Cane Park on the Georgia side and/or Anderson Park on the Alabama side of the lake. Both parks offer boat launching ramps, picnic facilities, pavilions and restrooms.

 For more information please contact the West Point Project Manager’s Office at 706-645-2937.

Lisa Parker

Release no. 14-009