Construction on a maintenance facility for park operations began in July 2022. The maintenance shed is 1200 sf with indoor workspace, equipment storage bay, park operations office, and staff break room. The facility opened in December 2022.
In February 2022, the marina parking lot expansion project got underway. Designed and implemented by the County's Public Works Department at the request of the Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board, the lot was cleared, graded, and prepped for 25 new pull -through parking spaces for boat trailer parking. The project was completed in May 2022 - just in time for the busy summer boating and fishing season!
RV sites 41-70 were closed from January 2022 through March 2022 to upgrade the electrical system at these sites. 50 AMP electrical connection was added to the sites to better serve the needs of our customers.
With the financial support of the Blythe Island Regional Park Boating and Fishing Club, the Two Way Sport Fishing Club, and Glynn County taxpayers and the Board of Commissioners, a freshwater fishing platform was constructed at Lake Cindee in Fall 2022. The platform is 80' long x 16' wide and includes a handicap parking space and sidewalk. A "First Cast" ceremony was held on November 17th. The platform will enhance lake fishing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
The fishing platform was featured on the cover of the 2023 Glynn County Recreation and Parks Department Activity Guide.
In Spring 2022, park planning and design consultants with Pond and Company worked with the Park Advisory Board and staff to create a Park Vision Plan for Blythe Island Regional Park. The process included an evaluation of current amenities and operations, meetings with stakeholders, and gathering of public input from citizens garnered through a social engagement website. With input from the Board of Commissioners, the Park Advisory Board recommended approval of the final draft plan to the BOC at their meeting on August 4, 2022. The plan was unanimously approved and will serve as a guide for future park enhancements and development.
View the approved Park Vision Plan
In September 2022, the County entered into an agreement with a local forester to serve as a consultant to guide the process to harvest timber at the park. Based on the Georgia Forestry Commission's Timber Management Plan for the park and a timber cruise completed by the consultant, local foresters were selected through an open, advertised bid process to harvest several tracts of timber. Biomass removal and selective harvest of four tracts began in November 2022. One tract that was harvested and re-planted in 1995 will be cleared and re-planted in 2023. Proceeds from sales of harvested timber can only be used for future park improvements and development.
Selectively removing trees from undeveloped areas of the park will allow park patrons opportunities to access these areas for passive recreation.
Current park projects are focused on renovations, upgrades, and enhancements to existing facilities. Funds from the District 1 Commissioner capital project allocation fund will be used to implement the projects. The projects below were priority recommendations in the Park Vision Plan.
Staff is has developed plans to renovate the bathhouse and restroom facilities that serve park patrons.
PARK ENTRANCE/SECURITY GATE ENHANCEMENTS
Park staff and County engineers are evaluating options to relocate the park security gate and entrance further into the park. The goal is to allow more room for motorhomes, boats, trailers, and vehicles to enter the park safely from Highway 303 and to improve the security gate system for guests. Future plans include better signage and beautification of the park entrance.