• July 31, 2014

Portions of BLORA reopened after floods

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:37 am | Updated: 4:54 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Kevin M. Smith

Fort Hood Herald

Portions of Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area are reopened and are good as new, officials said on Dec. 5.

“It looks almost exactly the same,” Koy Grant said about equipment and facilities.

Grant, public relations coordinator for Fort Hood Morale, Welfare and Recreation; said as long as the weather stays sunny and warm, she expects the park’s use to increase.

Heavy rains during the summer caused local lake levels to rise dramatically and damage park amenities. There are several things in the park available for use or rent now that the water has receded and repairs have been made.

The cottages, cottage RV park, horse ranch, mountain bike trails, paintball course, Deer RV Park, boat marina, fishing dock and carp boat ramp are now available for use.

The following pavilions are also available: Lakeview, Cedar Grove, Sunnyside, Like Oak, Red Oak, Pin Oak and BLORA Ranch.

All playgrounds, covered family units, camping sites and volleyball courts located outside the flood-damaged area are available for use. Closed activities are clearly marked and roped off, according to a news release from Morale, Welfare, and Education.

Seven restroom buildings, three party pavilions, more than 90 covered picnic units, nine playground sites, nine miles of asphalt roads and several marina dock facilities were damaged by floodwaters during the summer, the news release stated.

“The rebuilding of damaged BLORA facilities has already begun and many of the minor repair requirements have been completed,” Mike Mennor, director of outdoor recreation for BLORA, said in the news release. “Contracts on major repair requirements have been initiated and are in the process of being awarded.”

The estimated damage totals $1.3 million, and the BLORA staff has projected three to four months to complete all repairs.

Admission to BLORA is free for soldiers and their families. The cost of day use of the park is $4 per car for civilians and $3 per car for Defense Department employees.

Also at BLORA is the annual Nature in Lights display, open to the public for a $5 per car admission.

For more information, call BLORA at (254) 287-2523.

Contact Kevin M. Smith at ksmith@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7550

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

KDH Poll

Loading…
Pot was destined for ‘Fort Hood area,’ 3 suspects say
Posted: July 30, 2014

McLennan County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men Monday night who they believe were attempting to transport drugs to Killeen and Fort Hood.

more »
Fort Hood officials to close House Creek Bridge on West Range Road
Posted: July 30, 2014

FORT HOOD — The installation will close House Creek Bridge on West Range Road at 7 a.m. today to ensure public safety after engineers found major structural issues with the bridge, post officials said Tuesday.

more »