Beeds Lake Restoration Run set for August 26

One effort the Friends of Beeds Lake is trying to address is the need for the excavation of the silt dam and dredging of the lake. The silt basin, pictured, is full and causing silt to run into the lake. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

The annual Friends of Beeds Lake Restoration Run is right around the corner, but there’s much more to the run that just feet hitting the pavement.

Dave Heyden, Friends of Beeds Lake, said the run is vital to the group’s effort to bring improvements to Beeds Lake. Each year, proceeds from the 5k, 1k, half marathon and kid’s 1k are put towards the Friends of Beeds Lake general fund, which has been used to make noticeable changes to one of Franklin County’s premier attractions.

Heyden said thanks to the run and the group’s efforts, the team has been able to purchase and install 15 new fiberglass benches throughout the park, construct a registration station at the campground, and install a historical marker for the original Beeds Mill. The group is currently in the process of planting a pollinator prairie in the park. They’ve also been able to bring a bike rack to the main shelter grounds and have painted buildings.

Moving forward, Heyden said the group hopes to reopen a concession stand near the lodge, put new toilets in the picnic area and install lighting near the boat ramp.

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