Work on a marina being built to help boost Philpott Lake as a tourist destination is drawing to an end, according to Henry County Administrator Tim Hall.
“We are in the probably final 10 or 15 percent” of the roughly $1.3 million construction project, which started in May, Hall said. It is being paid for by the county, The Harvest Foundation and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.
The marina’s 40 wet boat slips are in place, “and they are really nice,” he said.
Although the marina is not yet complete, only nine wet slips remain available for rent, according to Henry County Parks and Recreation Director Roger Adams.
Hall said officials are discussing holding an open house when the construction is finished later this winter, with a more formal opening planned when warm weather returns.
Most of the work that remains involves relatively small tasks, such as installation of railing, lighting and the like, Hall said.
“Most of the heavier lifting has been done,” he added.
Feedback on the project has, for the most part, been positive, according to Adams and Hall.
“You never please everybody, but the overwhelming majority of the feedback we have had has been positive” and punctuated with comments such as “‘It looks great. When will it open?’” Hall said.
County staff and officials are “all very excited about what it’s going to mean to the community” and the conveniences the marina will provide, Hall said.
For information about renting a boat slip, call Adams at 634-4640.