Pulaski County Kentucky Government

County set to ‘freshen’ Pulaski Park beach

A summer-like heat wave with temperatures in the upper 80s is descending on the Lake Cumberland area during the next week and this type of weather stirs thoughts of tanning winter-paled bodies by lying on the beach. Pulaski County Judge-Executive Steve Kelley promises to “freshen” the beach at Pulaski County Park as soon as the lake level recedes.

Lake Cumberland Thursday morning was just above summer pool and falling slowly. The lake at pool stage is at the tree line and that level is low enough to get water off the beach. Water on Thursday morning was lapping at the bottom of the beach area.

“The sand is still there … it has just settled,” said Kelley. “It won’t take much to freshen it.” The beach was constructed last year by the 2014 Class Lake Cumberland Leadership, a Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce group. Paid for with local donations, the beach has proven to be one of Pulaski County’s most popular attractions.

Kelley said white sand from Tennessee will be used to get the beach ready for summer. A generous pile of white sand is on the south side of the beach area and no doubt is there to get the beach in shape for the fast-approaching Memorial Day weekend.

The judge-executive talked about ongoing improvements at the only county-operated park on Lake Cumberland. Leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the park includes about 800 acres, of which only 50 to 60 acres are currently utilized. Kelley said more of the park land will be used as soon as money is available to expand improvements. New pads and baskets are currently being put in place for the disc golf course.

Security gates have been installed at camping areas, Kelley noted. The park is open 24 hours a day but security gates close camping areas at night to keep people from driving through and disturbing campers, the judge-executive noted. Constables Mike Wallace and Danny Weddle patrol the park to quiet those who would create disturbances.

Camping areas at the park were completely filled during the past weekend despite off and on rain showers. This coming weekend will be hot, more like July than mid-May with temperatures topping out in the high 80s.