CADIZ – Sally Buffalo Park is gearing up for its big opening day with something for the whole family.
The park will officially open May 15 and the itinerary includes walking , fishing and other recreational fun. It all kicks off with a Walk-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with pledge sheets available at DiAngelo’s, Barbells, Orme’s Hardware or the park office.
“Back in the mid-90’s the park board came up with the idea and we started the walk-a-thon to have an open house,” said park Superintendent Eric Walker.
He added that it usually attracts 30-50 people and has become a fund-raiser for recreational upgrades. Walk-A-Thon proceeds have benefited paving portions of the trail around the main lake over the past several years, and more work needs to be done.
A fishing derby is set for avid anglers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The derby is open to groups for ages 3-6, 7-11, 12-16 and 17 and over. Meanwhile, a cornhole tournament starts at 3 p.m. with registration at 2:15 p.m. Also on-site will be a DJ from 2-6 p.m., paddleboats, food and drinks and a bake sale. The cornhole tournament and DJ are new additions to the festivities.
Walker said other ventures are scheduled for the park, including a new sand volleyball court and a project with the Boy Scouts to create hiking and biking trails.
But the big attraction is the camping, which he said was growing considerably.
“We have 180 campers so far,” Walker continued. “We’ve picked up 27 seasonal campers and I’m getting phone calls every day with people coming to look at spots. It averages one to two people a day and business is really starting to pick up. We are getting people within a 60-mile radius, from Cleveland to Columbus to Pittsburgh and areas up and down the river.”
Campers can register at the new site for cabins and campsite space, which cost $45 per night and $857 and the season runs to Nov. 1.
For more information, contact organizers Josann Richards at 942-3066, Mike McPeak at 942-8767 or 310-1886 or Sherri Ossman at 942-2649. For details about camping space, call the park at 942-3213.
Gaige Dombroski (above), 2, son of Kristy and Jesse Dombroski of Harrisville, hangs out on the playground at Sally Buffalo Park. Blue skies and sunshine beckoned many people out for a walk (top right). Two-legged and four legged walkers peddle the trail. Also pictured is Shawn Williston (bottom right), of Cadiz, as he tosses his catch back into the lake at Sally Buffalo Park. The park is gearing up for opening day activities on May 15 with a walk-a-thon, cornhole tournament and, of course, a fishing derby. Music and food round out the fun-filled day.