BRIGHTON — The Lake Darling State Park Early Reopening Ribbon Cutting and a BYO basket picnic will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 24 at the park. Lake Darling will open to the public on this date.
In a ceremony near the park entrance, area chambers of commerce and ambassadors will assist the Friends of Lake Darling in the ribbon cutting, Max-Cast’s Doris Park and Steve Maxon will unveil an Iowa Arts Council-supported bronze bust of “Ding” Darling, the Brighton Chamber will present Iowa DOT-approved “Ding” Darling Highway naming of Highway 78 and Sam Koltinsky will bestow the Darling “Brush of Excellence” to the Friends of Lake Darling.
At the new 200-person-capacity open picnic shelter, an inaugural picnic will celebrate the newly restored Lake Darling graced by new roads and amenities. For those who don’t have time to pack a picnic basket, Washington Hy-Vee will serve grilled brats and hot dogs with side and drink for a cost from 2-4 p.m. with a portion of proceeds going to the Friends Cabins Project
Campers may proceed to the campground on a first-come basis, and complimentary boat rides will be given by DNR staff. Lake Darling Boat Works will also have a pontoon christening and maiden voyage of their new “Little Darling.”
Watch for last minute construction detours, staff will guide us. Car-pooling is recommended.
The official Grand Rededication of Lake Darling State Park program at will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Lake Darling Legacy Lodge.