Yet another result of the 2014 bond referendum is emerging in Winston-Salem. Voters in 2014 allowed 139.2 million dollars to be placed into a general obligation bond, which would finance improvements to public safety, housing, streets and sidewalks, economic development, and parks and recreation, totaling 42 State projects. Many of the projects have been completed, and some have not yet begun. Midway through its many scheduled improvements is Salem Lake.
North Carolinian outdoor fanatics make constant use of the treasured landmark known as Salem Lake. Visitors can enjoy fishing on the dock after obtaining a license from the bait shop, where employees are eager to be of any assistance necessary. A boat ramp is accessible to canoes, paddleboats, fishing boats and more. Salem Lake spans an area of over 365 acres, while the seven-mile trail around it plays host to bikers, joggers, and picnickers. As cherished as this lake is, citizens who voted for the improvements agreed to allow many of the facilities to be temporarily disabled while repairs and developments are underway. A Marina Center is one addition to the park that will soon be in operation. The new playgrounds being constructed for the younger visitors should begin being built by the end of July, along with other park furnishings. Restrooms, new park entrances, and parking lots are also scheduled to appear at the reopening, which is tentatively scheduled for November.
Though the caretakers are doing their best to keep the park accessible, many of the facilities and conveniences will be closed. The lower park parking lot will be off limits until close to November. Small vessels such as paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes will be allowed to disembark from the bank. However, larger watercraft, such as fishing boats, will not be permitted, as the boat launch ramp will be under construction for quite some time. After the bulk of construction has been completed on the ramp, specific times for launch and landing will be arranged as construction teams come and go. Fishers over the age of 16 must secure a fishing license. However, as the bait shop will be closed for a time, the city will stop administering licenses at Salem Lake. Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are establishments that can issue fishing licenses in the meantime. Additionally, the pier will be under construction, so the city has set up designated fishing areas from the bank on the Salem Lake Trail. The trail itself will remain open throughout the reorganization and construction.
The city of Winston-Salem is becoming more operational and beautiful every day through the support of its citizens. The Salem Lake project may take time and sacrifice, but the results should increase the beauty of the already stunning landscape and attract new members of our community to its banks.