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City builds fishing pond
Houston County Courier, July 2009
By Daphne Hereford
The city of Crockett has recently completed construction of a pond in Davy Crockett Memorial Park that, according to Public Works Director Michael Reed, is part of a state based program to provide activities for children.
Reed said the Take a Kid Fishing Program will provide activities for children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to go fishing.
He said the program would provide for local sponsors to take children to fishing tournaments that will be held at the city pond.
Reed said, “The good thing about the program is everybody wins.”
He added that the project was also a park improvement that took a dead area and beautified it. He said the city funded the project in house for about $1,000 using some 60 man hours and the cost of fuel for the new dozer.
The city plans to include a fountain in the pond that covers an area of about one-two acres between the pavilion and swimming pool. The plans also include the installation of picnic tables and barbecue pits on the peninsula and benches around the perimeter of the pond.
Reed said the average depth of the pond was four feet and the sloped banks make it a non-hazard. “If anyone fell in they could just walk right out with the sloped banks,” he said.
As an added attraction Reed said the pond would be stocked with fish including catfish, bream and bass. He said no license would be required to fish in the pond and there would be a size and bag limit for the catfish so fishermen could keep their catch and the bream and bass would be on a catch and release program.
“We are waiting on the rain to fill the pond, and as soon as it is full we will stock it with fish,” Reed said
Reed said that a camping area will be added on the back side where land has been cleared and cleaned which will be part of the Take a Kid Camping Program.
“My whole point is that we are making things better in Crockett,” Reed said.
“Maybe these activities will change the attitude of kids and give them something to do during the summer,” he added.
In his final comments Reed said that a beach volleyball court had been constructed by the pavilion and would be ready for use as soon as the net arrives. And he has plans for a skateboard park as well.