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CREEDMOOR — Fishing buddies William Miles and William Hall sat quietly watching their corks on the water from the newly renovated fishing pier Saturday at Lake Rogers Park.
Miles and Hall, both Durham residents, said they have been fishing at Lake Rogers for a year, but they were not as comfortable casting their lines from the old pier as they are on the updated version. The duo fished on the new pier ahead of Wednesday’s official ribbon-cutting celebrating the pier and picnic shelter.
“The city did a beautiful job with the pier and I would not change a thing,” Hall said.
“We have been out here when it was 29 degrees to fish,” Miles added. “The new pier, it just seems better all the way around and the proof is in the bucket.”
Miles and Hall declined to give away any fishing secrets, but both agreed that Lake Rogers had some nice fish.
The city of Creedmoor’s ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. The event signals the completion of work on phase 1 improvements, which includes a larger picnic shelter with handicap accessibility, a canoe launch, sidewalks and landscaping changes.
A second phase to the renovation project, which is expected to be completed by mid-summer, will include a new boardwalk that will provide access to 7.5 acres on the west side of Lake Rogers, where a walking trail and several fishing platforms are planned.
The Lake Rogers improvement project is being funded from the Capital Project fund established after the 2014 sale of the water and sewer system to the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority. The Granville County Tourism Development Authority has awarded $90,000 in grants for the project.
The Creedmoor Commissioners voted unanimously in September 2017 to approve the project ordinance for improvements to Lake Rogers Park.
Stephanie and Todd Whitley recently stopped by Lake Rogers on the way to visit family in Youngsville. Both were impressed by the work that had been done on the pier and the larger picnic area.
“We have been fishing here before, but this pier is really nice,” Todd Whitley said.
Both expressed a desire to be able to get further around the lake to fish and the next part of the project will help make that possible.
Stephanie Whitley said she enjoyed the landscaping and design at the new picnic shelter.
“I can see taking prom and wedding pictures here. It really looks completely different than before. They really did a good job with the pier and shelter.”