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Saluda residents invited to June 15 reopening of Twin Lakes Park

Recreational use of the site dates to the 1950s, when James T. and Helen Wilkes purchased the property. In 2012, younger members of the Wilkes family donated the land to SCLT, which will maintain it to provide recreation to local residents, while keeping it as a public park in perpetuity.

SCLT’s conservation easement restricts future development, preserves the forest surrounding the lake, and safeguards water quality of the lakes and of a tributary of the Green River. SCLT and Carolina Mountain Land Trust have partnered to protect the land.

Do you have an interesting story of an experience at the park? Those who do are encouraged to share them, said Burdett, “We would like to have their story.”

While a public facility, Twin Lakes is available by reservation only.

“It’s always been reservation-only,” said Burdett. “It always will be reservation-only.”

Scout groups have used the park, as have schools for graduation events. Weddings and birthdays have been celebrated there. Burdett noted that groups and families can reserve Twin Lakes by the half or full day. Anyone interested in renting the park may call SCLT at 828-749-1560. Parking is limited, and renters are responsible for the key.

Those interested in attending the June 15 event are encouraged to wear bathing suits, to take towels, picnic blankets, family and friends.

The Saluda Fund at Polk County Community Foundation supports the event.