Personal watercraft owners will have a chance to contribute to the next phase of a public park in eastern Lincoln County during a fundraising ride on Lake Norman.
The fourth-annual DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride will be held Aug. 22 on the lake, with proceeds going toward construction of the East Lincoln Rescue Park.
Construction on Phase 1 of the park is nearing completion, with the Rotary Club needing to raise an additional $100,000 for that and $1 million to complete Phases 2 and 3.
“When we conducted our first ride in 2012, the Rescue Park was merely a vision,” DAM2DAM co-chairman Dave Fuller said in a prepared release. “In our second ride, it broke ground due to the efforts of our Rotary and now it is coming to life with the first phase of construction being completed in August.”
Once all three phases are finished, the East Lincoln Rescue Park will have parking for more than 170 vehicles, two multipurpose athletic fields, a large green space, restrooms, a multipurpose shelter, playground, a disc golf course and dog park. The park will also become the permanent host site of the annual Denver Days festival.
“Our vision for the Rescue Park is to become a focal point of the community,” DAM2DAM co-chairman Tim Holder said in a prepared release. “The facilities will be used for Friday night concerts, other community gatherings, as well as the future home of Denver Days.”
The charity ride, hosted by the Denver-Lake Norman Rotary Club, will begin 7:30 a.m., with a breakfast provided by Bojangles for all participants at the Beatty’s Ford Park. The ride officially launches at 8:15 a.m.
The charity ride will first head to the Cowan’s Ford Dam on the southern end of the Lake Norman, then swing north and travel the entire length of the lake and part of the Catawba River to the Lookout Shoals Dam in Catawba County.
The ride will conclude with a pizza party provided by Village Inn Pizza for all participants near Governor’s Island.
Riders in the DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride must register in advance online at www.mylkn.com/DAM2DAM. The entry fee is $35 per rider, with additional riders from the same family $25 each. Donations to the Rescue Park fund are also being accepted at the website.
Wake The Lake set for Sept. 19
The annual Wake The Lake wakeboarding competition, the longest-running on Lake Norman, will be held Sept. 19 at a new location on the lake.
This year’s Wake The Lake 2015 will be held at Stumpy Creek Park, a lakeside park just outside of Mooresville, after being held for years in the McCrary Creek cove.
The event, hosted by IcyWakes Surf Shop in Cornelius, is open to all wakeboarders of all ages. The entry fee is $50 per participant. Prize packs will be awarded to the top three in each division except the Outlaw division, open to pro-level competitors, who will receive cash prizes.
Kayakers to hold cancer fundraiser
The American Cancer Society will be the beneficiary of the inaugural Lake Norman Get Paddled fundraiser for kayakers Sept. 26.
The event is open to all kayakers with rigid or inflatable boats, both single- and double-rower, who will paddle one of three courses – 3-mile, 6-mile and 12-mile – on the lake.
To participate, all entrants must commit to raise a minimum of $100 for the American Cancer Society.
The Lake Norman Get Paddled fundraiser will stage at Kings Point Marina in Cornelius, with late registration and breakfast for all participants beginning at 7 a.m.
The kayakers will enter the water from Kings Point Marina’s docks at 8 a.m., with the event expected to be completed by midday. The event will conclude with dinner at the marina’s clubhouse, with trophies awarded to the top fundraisers on each course and raffle prizes also given away.
To register, donate or for information, visit www.getpaddledkayakevent.com, or call event chairman Chris Higgs at 704-892-3223.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.