Sandy Creek Park Closings and Maintenance Notices

There are currently two closings and three notices for this location.
Field status and closing information can be found on the Field Status page.
Updated--Roadwork Scheduled this Week at Sandy Creek Park
Road Closures and Restricted Park Access Possible
Facilities 292, 293, 294, 295, 307, 310, & 500 | Posted: 8:30 PM, February 28, 2017
Phase three of our roadway project at Sandy Creek Park will occur on Thursday, March 9.  Phase three will install five crosswalks and restripe Parking Lots 12 (Boat Ramp) and 15 (end of Campsite Drive) which were repaved last week.  In addition, crews will be converting the loop-end of Beechtree Drive from bi-directional travel to a one-way loop with parallel parking to support some of our larger park events.

While work is underway, affected roadways and parking areas may be temporarily closed leaving some facilities in the park temporarily inaccessible.  We currently expect to complete most of the work on Thursday bringing the park fully back online for the beautiful weekend weather.


Original Post

Phase two of the pavement maintenance project being conducted at Sandy Creek Park is slated to begin this Thursday or Friday and may result in closures of Beechtree Drive, Campsite Drive, and the park service roads.  Paving work may resume early next week; however, all park roadways are expected to be open this weekend.

This paving project--sub-project 1 of  SPLOST 2011 Project 14: Sandy Creek Park Improvements--will rehabilitate more than 2.25 miles of roadways and service drives plus two of the park's 15 parking lots.  Phase one of this project performed crack seal work on all of the park roadways and was completed several weeks ago.  Phase two--starting now--will conduct chip sealing, patching, milling, repaving, and overlay activities as required to restore the condition of all of the park roadways and service drives.  Phase three--expected to begin in early spring--will install striping and roadway markings including the conversion of part of Beechtree Drive into a one-way loop with parallel parking.

Related work at Sandy Creek has replaced all of the regulatory roadway signage and installed new vehicular wayfinding signage to assist patrons in navigating the county's largest park.  Additional sub-projects at Sandy Creek will upgrade the picnic areas, replace all of the trash and recycling cans, renovate the dog parks, conduct trail improvements, and replace the one existing fishing pier with three new floating piers.

Bridge Replacement on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park

Lakeside Trail Closed to Through Traffic--Out and Back Use ONLY
Facility 436 | Updated: 7:45 AM, February 21, 2017 | Posted: 12:15 PM, January 13, 2017
Work to replace Bridge 4 on Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park has begun. During the project, through-access on Lakeside Trail will not be possible without fording the stream normally crossed by this structure. To protect the stream ecology and banks we ask that patrons not cross and instead temporarily utilize Lakeside as "out and back" trails from either end.

For a complete listing of our trails, check out out Trails listing at http://athensclarkecounty.com/trails
Map showing the location of a scheduled bridge outage on the Lakeside Trail at Sandy Creek Park.
Boardwalk Closing on Cook's Trail -- Construction Underway
Facility 449 | Updated: 1:00 PM, December 2, 2016 | Posted:  AM, January 21, 2016
Work continues to progress on repairs to the long boardwalk.  To date, structural and decking repairs are about 90% complete.  We continue to anticipate reopening the boardwalk and restoring through access to the trail sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

Update December 2, 2016
In early November, contractors began work to repair a number of structural issues caused by age and environmental conditions along the longest boardwalk on Cook's Trail between Sandy Creek Park and Sandy Creek Nature Center.  To date structural and decking repairs have been completed on approximately 350 ft. of the 2500 ft. boardwalk.  At present we anticipate reopening the boardwalk and restoring through-access to the trail sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

Update May 6, 2016
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 the Mayor and Commission approved the advancement of repairs to Facility 449 which will be funded through SPLOST 2011 Project 16.  Project Managers are hoping to complete repairs in the next 6-9 months; however, an exact schedule has not been determined.  Repairs to the structure are expected to extend the life for this boardwalk by 5-10 years allowing time for a replacement or alternative route to be funded.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Original Notice

Structural issues caused by age and environmental conditions have led to the closure of one of the boardwalks on Cook's Trail.  The closed portion (indicated in red on the map below) is not passable with this structure out of service.  Cook's Trail remains open for approximately one mile between Sandy Creek Nature Center and the closure and for approximately 2.5 miles between Sandy Creek Park and the closure.

A fence has been installed at the closed boardwalk.  Patrons should not attempt to pass this point on the trail as the boardwalk is unstable due to multiple issues including several sinkholes which have compromised at least 4 pilings.  Portions of this boardwalk could collapse without notice.

Due to the nature of the issues, repair of this structure will likely require complete replacement.  The repair and/or replacement process will take an extended period of time as we move through the necessary steps to plan, fund,  permit, and construct a new half-mile long structure in this sensitive wetland environment.

Map of Cook

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