Volunteers work together to build a dock that will improve the quality of Tims Ford Lake for fisherman and recreationists alike. The process was completed recently by assistants from various organizations.
—Staff Photo by Seth Byrd
The vision of a courtesy dock at the Winchester City Park Launch ramp has come to life.
After a yearlong process spearheaded by Tims Ford Council member Jake Davis, the Winchester City Park now has a much-improved facility for boat and water vessel launch and recovery.
The project was made possible by Tims Ford Council funding in the building materials with the permit funds contributed by the Tims Ford Bass Club. The 126-foot-long structure is built with pressure treated lumber that was provided by Franklin County Lumber.
The construction started going into a weekend on Friday, Dec. 1, and was finished late afternoon on Dec. 4 with several organizations providing the manpower to get the dock built.
The organizations that participated in the project were Tims Ford Council, the Franklin County Junior and Franklin County High School bass teams.
Local anglers who chipped in to help build the much-needed dock were Paul Hutchins, Pete Yates, Chris Long, Drew Relford, Danny Crownover, Gary Lahr, Casey Myers, Michael Craig, Duke Jenkle (Phoenix Boats), Dave Jordan, Josh Powers, Scottie Powers, Anthony Roberts, Amy Powers, Jeff Martin, Dakota Martin, Keagan Sanders, Johnny Ethridge, Lance and Brian Hill.
Other volunteers included Lois Brown, Jennifer Dolan, Tracey Gearlds and Travis Boswell, owner of Boswell Landscaping. Boswell landscaping provided and operated a skid steer and auger used to place 34 posts which are anchored in the lake bed with concrete.
The project truly took a team effort to build a dock that will be used a lot for bass fishing tournaments and the lake at large.
Lois Brown, Tims Ford Council president, explained how the project came about and how it will benefit everyone who takes their boats to Tims Ford Lake.
“The council continuously looks for ways to help the community and improve access and beautification to the lake,” Brown said. “Captain Jake presented the idea of building a courtesy dock to assist with launching of boats and watercraft to the council.
“After a complete review of the proposal and plans, we felt that the city park dock would benefit pleasure boaters and fishing boats resulting from the growing number of fishing tournaments on the lake. We felt this would be a great opportunity to help our community.”