Grove doing its part with launch site for Bassmaster Classic
BY KELLY BOSTIAN World Outdoors Writer
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 5:51 AM
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Grove is not only rolling out a red carpet to welcome the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, it is rolling out a few million dollars worth of concrete and asphalt.
The little town on the lake that could purchased 22 acres and teamed up with the state Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Grand River Dam Authority to sink a collective $3.6 million into creation of the site that will host the Classic launch site at Wolf Creek Park and Boat Ramp.
In an expedited effort, work began on the area in November. A first phase of the project is to be ready for the Feb. 22 launch, but the full building project is expected to continue past the Classic with an additional $2.5 million expenditure planned.
What was an indistinct 16th Street boat ramp now is in the midst of a project to create a world-class launch and tournament site and lakeside park with enough parking to accommodate 300 vehicles with boat trailers or an estimated 900 cars.
A 3,800 square-foot courtesy dock in a "tuning fork shape" will serve as the anchor point for the 53 anglers in the Classic as they prepare to launch.
"Grove and Grand Lake are going all-out for this event and we're excited for all these folks to get a chance to see what Grand Lake has to offer," said Tad Jones, Local Organizing Committee member and former Grand Lake Association executive director.
Several area businesses plan to adjust their hours to accommodate Classic visitors and the city moved its Boat Show from mid-March to February to coincide with the Classic. "We thought that could be one more thing for visitors to do who came for the launch," Jones said. "We're hoping people will decide to stick around, maybe have some breakfast in town and come over to the boat show."
The boat show will be at the Grove Civic Center, 1720 Main Street. Hours for the show are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
The boat show showcases Grand Lake area businesses including boats, fishing guide services, real estate, and resorts. The local "Santa's Old Broads" will be cooking in the kitchen all day, including breakfast. "If you want some good home-cooked food they are really great," Jones said.
Live entertainment at the show includes The Green Country Squares 1-2 p.m. Saturday and Clint Walker 2-3:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission to the show is $5 for adults. Children 16 and under enter free and, while supplies last, they will be fitted with a free life jacket courtesy of the Grand River Dam Authority.
Original Print Headline: Going 'all out'
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Alvah Johnson with Rayco Marinas Inc. works to assemble a floating boat ramp in the parking lot at Wolf Creek Park and Boat Ramp. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World