News Release 444
‘Remake Big Lake’ campaign kicks off
Division of State Parks asks for assistance in rebuilding flooded park
Volume 38-444 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 5, 2010 – Big Lake State Park has been a cornerstone of recreation in northwest Missouri since 1932. It has been a place of great happiness – of anniversaries and family barbecues and afternoons spent fishing.
But on June 17, 2010, a nearby Missouri River levee gave way and virtually all of the park’s 407 acres were inundated. The waters have receded, but a substantial cleanup and rebuilding effort remains. Initial estimates are that it will cost more than $100,000 to restore the park.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for some help in rebuilding the park and has embarked on a “Remake Big Lake” campaign to raise funds and awareness. Additional information on the campaign, as well as pictures of the park before and after the flood, can be found at mostateparks.com/remakebiglake.htm.
“Farmers lost their crops, families lost their homes and northwest Missouri lost a beautiful place,” said Bill Bryan, Division of State Parks director. “The task ahead of us is large – just buying grass seed and fertilizer for 66 of the park’s 407 acres is going to cost about $20,000. There are plenty of other expenses that go into making a park a place people want to go. We’re asking Missourians – and anyone who has ever had a favorite park – to help us remake Big Lake. There are many ways people can help.”
The two easiest ways to help are:
- Voting for Big Lake State Park in Coca-Cola’s contest to name America’s favorite park. If Big Lake wins, the park will receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola that will be used to restore the park. People can vote at http://www.livepositively.com/#/americasparks.
- Donating online through the State Parks donation portal at http://mostateparks.com/remakebiglake.htm. All donations made online between Aug. 5 and Sept. 30 will go towards restoring Big Lake.
The priority for the park is opening the cabins, campground and c-store in time for Labor Day.
Big Lake State Park is located near Craig and averages more than 200,000 visitors a year. Previous to the flood, it had a dining lodge, motel, convenience store and Scout Island.