Yegua Creek Park back open after year and a half closure

POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 9:59pm

Looking out on the water this Memorial Day, it's hard to imagine just a month earlier Yegua Creek Park at Lake Somerville was shut down.

"They've missed it and they're so glad to be back," said lake visitor, William Khoobiar.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to close the park in mid 2011 partly due to the historic drought. More than 50 trees at Yegua Creek had to be cut down.

"They had become a safety issue for the campers when they came into the park because we were afraid if a tree fell down it may cause injury to a person or their property," said Park Ranger, Russell Meier.

After cutting down all of the dangerous trees and completing numerous park renovations, Yegua Creek opened back up earlier this month.

"We like to provide as much recreational opportunities we can to the individuals that come out here," said Park Ranger Meier. "By getting this park open, we were able to do that."

William Khoobiar and his family have been coming to Yegua Creek for more than 10 years and couldn't be happier to be back out on the water this holiday weekend.

"We came when it was 12 feet below [level] and there were white sand beaches all the way around but we used it then because we love it so much and so we're glad it's almost back to normal."

All in time for the peak summer season.


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