|Enders Lake area gearing up for first big holiday weekend|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
It’s usually Enders Lake Recreational Area’s biggest weekend of the summer.
That’s Memorial Day weekend, and it arrives in just a few days.
Supt. Bill Christensen, who oversees the Enders area as superintendent for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, said it’s hard to tell what kind of numbers to expect.
Fuel prices are lower than last summer, but the economy is of concern, so Christensen wasn’t about to predict what numbers would be at the lake this weekend.
“It’s always pretty good though,” he said Tuesday afternoon.
“Memorial Day is usually our biggest weekend of the summer.”
Christensen has been busy mowing and dragging roads in preparation for the weekend lake activity.
He said he hasn’t heard much about the state budget, approved by the Legislature last week and signed by the Governor on Tuesday, and what will happen to recreational areas such as Enders after July 4.
If the Game & Parks Commission wasn’t fully funded, services could be reduced after the July 4 holiday, said Roger Kuhn, asst. Game & Parks director, in an earlier interview.
Christensen noted, however, the Bureau of Reclamation has contracted for several handicapped accessible improvements at Enders to be done sometime this summer.
Those projects include vehicle parking pads for easy unloading of wheelchairs near the new bathrooms, leveling of a few sites in each of the camping areas and work near the fee boxes for easier handicapped access.
Eldon Roschewski of Imperial is assisting Christensen as temporary fulltime summer help again this year, Christensen said, and he’s glad to have him, he said Tuesday.
Christensen also serves as superintendent of the Champion Mill State Historical Park and the Rock Creek Area near Parks.