Fishing Pier, Boardwalk are Newest Attractions
By Preston Pooser
Over the past five years, Dupree Park in Woodstock, located at 513 Neese Road, has gone through a transformation, with multiple facility improvements. The city has added a playground, with much needed restrooms, two picnic pavilions, a beginner mountain trail, a fitness trail with exercise equipment, resurfaced the park’s four tennis courts, and added a nine-hole disk golf course.
On July 17, city officials and staff participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest addition to Dupree Park, a 300-foot boardwalk and floating fishing pier. The project was constructed in-house by the Woodstock Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff. We are very proud of our team for a job well done, and believe citizens and visitors to Woodstock will enjoy this addition. Because of their hard work and dedication, the project was completed on time and under budget.
Additionally, electrofishing (a lake audit) was conducted at Dupree Park on July 6. Crews working with Aquatic Environmental Services determined the health of the fish population of the Dupree Park lake. During electrofishing, all fish were released unharmed. We currently are reviewing the findings and will stock the lake as recommended.
Highlights of the survey included the need to add an underwater structure for a fish habitat and to stock a variety of fish species that are not currently in the lake. The new fish stock at the lake will include catfish and trout. The lake audit indicated that the lake has adequate numbers of largemouth bass, bluegill and sunfish.
Dupree Park has become a destination park for the residents of Woodstock. The addition of the boardwalk and fishing pier is another amenity for residents and guests to enjoy.
For more information on Dupree Park, as well as other city parks, visit www.woodstockparksandrec.com.