Port Oliver Recreation Area delayed dedication will be Tuesday, May 29

The Port Oliver Recreation Area opened to the public on April 1, 2011.

   A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Port Oliver Recreation Area at Barren River Lake, will be Tuesday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
   The ceremony will be in the recreation area’s amphitheatre.
   The Port Oliver Recreation Area is located off Hwy. 252, on the Allen County side of Barren River Dam, and directly across from the Tailwater Campground entrance.
   Park ranger led tours of the area will begin at 3 p.m. and run through approximately 4 p.m.
   The Port Oliver Recreation Area dedication officially recognizes completion of the project and will serve as a salute to state and local partnerships with a formal ceremony.
   The area has been in use by the public since April 1, 2011.
   U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will be the guest speaker and Col. Luke Leonard, Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District commander, will give remarks.
   The Port Oliver Recreation Area is unique to the area for several reasons.
   “New recreation areas are few and far between – especially those with a state of the art amphitheatre – where the ceremony will take place,” said Carlos Lopez, Barren River Lake park manager. “We have a large recreating public at Barren River Lake with well over 1 million visitors a year. Many facilities were utilized beyond capacity, so this will help alleviate crowding and provide areas for large boating tournaments, safe and accessible shoreline fishing, a place for outdoor dramas and music events and additional picnic and playground facilities.”
   An official ceremony, scheduled for April 27, 2011, was pre-empted due to high water and flooding.
  To see a slide show of the Port Oliver Recreation Area, see our Photos Page.

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