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Flint Creek Waterpark Once Again Hub for Nature Lovers

"A fellow caught a 13 pound, six ounce bass out here just three weeks ago, and came back and caught an 11 pounder out of the same area," said Chris Bowen, Executive Director of the Pat Harrison Waterway District.

Fishing is just one of the many amenities that draw people to Flint Creek Waterpark. The park is a playground for swimmers, jet skiers, campers and boaters. But Katrina left the state-funded park in disarray.

"We lost a tremendous amount of our long leaf pines. The crowns were so big on them that they functioned like sails, and they damaged quite a few cabins," Bowen said.

Ten of the park's cabins were severely damaged. All 46 of the park's cabins have been repaired and now have new roofs and some new furnishings.

Bowen says the park has once again become a hub for nature lovers and those who are just looking to get away from it all.

"We're going through a series of spring breaks right now. Different counties break at different times, then Louisiana's break comes up right after Easter, so we're staying booked," Bowen said.

And there's now more room for recreation. After the storm, the park provided lodging for recovery workers and 67 FEMA trailers were set up for displaced residents. Those trailers left the park in the beginning of March.

"Everything is pretty much back to normal. We are short one pavilion that we do intend to construct again very shortly. And we're actually building back with a better facility than was there in the beginning," Bowen said.

The park is open to the public. Admission for the day is $1.25  for anyone over the age of three. A water slide is slated to open at the park in May.

By Toni Miles

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