With an expanded marina, more walkable areas for non-boaters, and greater connectivity, recent improvements will cast an even brighter future for Lake Lure and Rutherford County.
LAKE LURE, North Carolina -- The town of Lake Lure, on Friday, June 11th, cut the ribbon on marina improvements that will allow residents and visitors new ways to experience and explore the lake and surrounding areas.
The event took place at the marina and drew leaders from across the state, including Hal Weatherman, District Director for Representative Madison Cawthorn of NC 10th district. In the words of Weatherman who spoke from the podium:
“We're blessed to have people with the foresight and leadership to pull all of this together. We stand ready to help you with future projects, and I'm just here to say on Madison Cawthorn's behalf. Thank you."Hal Weatherman
As part of the Morse Park Master Plan, this phase of renovations has replaced the dilapidated wooden boardwalk with a floating boardwalk made of longer-lasting aluminum and polymer construction.
The boardwalk will rise and lower with water levels and has been expanded to allow boaters and non-boaters alike walkthrough access to the newly-constructed floating marina.
Local and county leaders expect this drastic overhaul to also expand the potential for economic and tourist growth.
These new updates pull together the marina, beach, and Morse Park—which will include many future enhancements to further grow the historic Lake Lure area into a destination for leisure and recreation for generations to come.
"I believe this communicates to pedestrians that this is a lake-centric community, We want them to have the opportunity to experience lake activity with or without a boat."Shannon Baldwin, Lake Lure Town Manager
Lake Lure Mayor Carol Pritchett said the new construction will decrease congestion, increase foot traffic and visitors, and bring the lake area closer to being self-sustaining.
Completed almost a year ago, today's celebration marks the first opportunity to gather since COVID-19 made such grand openings difficult.
"This symbolizes the culmination of a project many years in the planning," said Pritchett, who highlighted the substantial work of both the town of Lake Lure and the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority.
"This symbolizes the culmination of a project many years in the planning."Carol Pritchett, Lake Lure Mayor Carol
Dean Givens, director of lake operations for Lake Lure, was also a driving force behind the project. Don Cason, executive director of the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, said the Lake Lure Marina and Boardwalk are part of a countywide vision called Rutherford Bound to enhance the many natural resources and communities in Rutherford County.
"Rutherford Bound is a countywide tourism asset development plan, and Rutherford Bound is here to stay," said Cason. "It takes all of us working together to build a better place. When you build a better place to live, work, and play, you build a place that people want to visit. The project here at Lake Lure is part of that vision."
When you build a better place to live, work, and play, you build a place that people want to visit. The project here at Lake Lure is part of that vision."Don Cason, Executive Director of Rutherford County TDA
This project is another significant piece of the broader, countywide vision of Rutherford Bound, an initiative led by the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority (RCTDA) and other local leaders to revitalize and enhance quality-of-life infrastructure across all of Rutherford County through streetscape enhancements, improved parks and pedestrian areas, and a system of greenways, trails, and river access points.
The complete Morse Park Master Plan will require multiple phases and significant fundraising and grantmaking efforts. Interested citizens and visitors are encouraged to learn more and provide tax-deductible donations at RutherfordBound.com.