So, where is everyone?
As it had been a stretch of time since I’d visited River Run Park. (A park located just to the east of the town of Forsyth Missouri). I decided to bag a lunch and head over there to eat and to see what was happening. When I arrived, the first thing that struck me was the very few number of RV’s that were staying there. In years past, August was almost always a very busy time, as vacationer’s all headed outdoors to enjoy the waning part of the summer. On my visit on this date, I counted only four campers in a Park that can handle about forty or more! So, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on? Perhaps economic times really were worst than I had thought. Maybe people weren’t camping out as much anymore. I was clueless. On a more positive note; there was a Park Attendant in evidence. So, it appeared as though anyone could go there to relax and have a good time. Of some concern was the fact that one of the entrances remain closed for no good reason that I could see. It had been closed all year and inquiries to the Corps of Engineers by others had been met with total indifference. Perhaps there was no real good reason, but they decided to keep it closed anyway. Perhaps the Corps has gone the way of the EPA; both are fat, bloated sores on the butt of my Republic, in my opinion.
The trees that did survive!
About three years ago, the Corps of Engineers planted a smattering of young tree transplants all over the River Run Park. If memory serves me, there were two types; sycamores and Junipers. Only the Junipers appeared to have survived the most recent flood of a year ago. How they managed to do it was beyond me as they were fully submerged for the better part of a year! And go figure, it’s the only thing I can recall in over a decade that the Corps got right. I’m hopeful that this particular variety of tree will be able to handle the future floods that are certainly to come. River Run is a great Park to visit. I sure hope it survives the bridge that is due to be erected this coming fall. Which brings me to…
How to wreck a Park in two easy steps!
River Run Park is situated along a portion of the Bulls Shoal Lake – a body of water that is bounded on either end by dams. Both the Lake and the Park are managed by the Corps of Engineers, a group that you may have gathered I have little good regard for. This coming fall they and they Missouri Department of Transportation will be erecting a new bridge alongside of an older bridge that was erected half a century ago. That there will be an adverse impact on the Park is a foregone conclusion, in my opinion. Lots and lots of heavy equipment will the a common scene in that area and there will be a lot of tearing up off the grounds. Add this to the work that is in progress whereby another firm that is installing new sewers and you have a pretty good idea that you might want to steer clear of the entire area in 2017!