From filling out paperwork to catching rattlesnakes on the loose and then dashing off to host an interpretive program, one Arizona State Park manager has done it all during her first year as a boss.
Cindy Smith celebrated her one-year anniversary with Cattail Cove State Park on Sunday by reflecting on how the park has improved over the last year, which includes progress made to overhaul Sandpoint Marina and RV Park, now being called Upper Cattail.
“I consider it a privilege to be able to be [park manager],” she said. “But just because I’m manager doesn’t mean I don’t have to clean toilets now and again.”
During her first year as manager, Smith said the demolition of the Sandpoint structures has been completed. She added that the park has hired Kimley-Horn as their developer for Upper Cattail
The developing process is reportedly underway, for which plans include creating campsites, building a new road, bidding for a concessionaire and adding a new restaurant, Smith said.
After a 40-year lease, Sandpoint was closed in 2015 after Arizona State Parks declined to renew its lease with the former managers. In 2016, the Joint Committee on Capital Review Protocol approved the allocation of $6.4 million toward Cattail Cove State Park, much of which, at the time, was planned to be used to rebuild Sandpoint.
Furthermore, Smith has been working to “shorten” the 15-mile distance between Cattail Cove and Lake Havasu City by making residents more aware of the area. Smith said they have hosted presentations in Havasu,…
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