Lake Junaluska, N.C. – The pier behind the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska is being refurbished using recycled wooden planks taken from the bridge over the Lake Junaluska dam, which is also undergoing renovations.
“Approximately 40 boards from the bridge over the dam are being recycled for use on the new pier behind the Harrell Center,” said Jack Carlisle, the director of Lake Junaluska Assembly Public Works. “The refurbishment of the pier was an ideal way for the boards to be reused in a way that benefits the lake.”
The pier, which was over 35 years old, was deemed to be in need of refurbishment earlier this year. The project is expected to be done well before Easter, when the lake will be refilled.
“The refurbishment of the pier is one of many improvements taking place at Lake Junaluska,” said Rob Huckaby, chief operating officer of Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. “We are committed to improving and updating all our facilities as funds are available. This attention to detail is vital as the conference center welcomes thousands of guests each year.”
The pier is the docking place for the Cherokee IV, Lake Junaluska's pontoon boat. For more than a hundred years, guests have taken excursions on the Cherokee. Now the excursions, which happen every night during the summer, include a historic tour. The Cherokee IV is the successor of the original 1914 boat, which was used to transport guests from the train station to the main buildings and golf course. The historic boat tours are open to the public for only $5/person during the summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day at 8 p.m. each night.
The bridge over the Lake Junaluska dam has been closed to vehicular traffic since 2016 due to the deterioration of the bridge’s support beams. According to Carlisle, crews are waiting to obtain the proper state permits before the work of restoring the bridge’s foundations can begin.
Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.