For Immediate Release
April 25, 2011
Since 1988, thousands of people have crossed the Turbeville Footbridge along the Lake Junaluska walking path. For the past 23 years, the footbridge has received maintenance by the Lake Junaluska staff and by several volunteer groups. From May 2 to 23, Lake Junaluska will be conducting a major renovation of the footbridge that will involve the full replacement of the treads that provide the walking surface on the bridge.
“This is the largest renewal project we have undertaken since the footbridge was constructed,” said Jack Ewing, Executive Director of Lake Junaluska.
The footbridge and walking path have served Haywood County residents and visitors alike as one of the most popular recreation locations in Western North Carolina.
“We host over 250,000 visitors a year at Lake Junaluska, and many of them use the footbridge and walking path as part of their Lake Junaluska experience,” continued Ewing.
During this three week period of renovation, no foot traffic will be able to cross the bridge. Lake Junaluska has established a web page, www.lakejunaluska.com/bridge-repairs, which contains information about the renovation and alternative routes around Lake Junaluska. Visitors may also call 828-452-2881 or visit the Bethea Welcome Center near the entrance to Lake Junaluska on Hwy 19 (Dellwood Road) for more information.
The footbridge was made possible by a gift from Paul M. and Willie May Turbeville of Bradenton, Florida, who have also established an endowment to provide some funds for its maintenance. According to Ewing, “Lake Junaluska would not be such a special place without donations from people like the Turbevilles. On-going donations to Lake Junaluska have enabled us to significantly improve our recreation facilities over the past 20 years.”
Lake Junaluska is owned by the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and is open to the public for events, retreats, recreation and renewal.
“Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian Hospitality where lives are transformed through the renewal of soul, mind and body,” explained Lake Junaluska’s Communications Director, Ken Howle.
Donations to Lake Junaluska can be made online at www.lakejunaluska.com/donate or by calling Lake Junaluska’s Development Office at 828-454-6680.