Sandy Creek Park Closings and Maintenance Notices

There is currently one closing and one notice for this location.
Field status and closing information can be found on the Field Status page.
Boardwalk Closing on Cook's Trail -- Construction Underway
Facility 449 | Updated: 1:00 PM, December 2, 2016 | Posted:  AM, January 21, 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's Trail Closures March 21-24, 2016
Sandy Creek Park Stair Reconstruction between Yacht Club and Beach Complete
Facility 489 | Updated: 6:45 PM, November 11, 2016
Reconstruction of the outdoor stairs between the Yacht Club and Beach at Sandy Creek Park wrapped up Monday, November 7 with installation of the new metal grabrails.  Completion of this project closes out a series of projects to intended to improve safety and step up the appearance of the beachfront at Sandy Creek Park. Other projects completed this fall include rebuilding the North Beach access stairs (far right), replacing the handrails and stairs at the central Beach access and outdoor shower area (right of center), and reconstructing the stairs between Picnic Area 1 and the Boat Rental Building (far left) all of which had deteriorated from age and rot. These new stairs and handrails should provide years of continued service for the thousands of beach-goers we see every year.
Photos collage of the four 2016 beachfront improvement projects at Sandy Creek Park.

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