Griffy Lake Accessible Fishing Pier and Loop Trail Project Update:
Griffy Lake is currently refilling to a normal level after it was temporarily drawn down to allow for an assessment of the shoreline and lakebed conditions where an accessible pier will be built. The drawdown reduced the water level by approximately six feet in preparation for a pre-bid meeting held Monday August 9 at the Griffy Lake boathouse for prospective bidders on the Griffy Lake Accessible Fishing Pier and Loop Trail Project. One of seven Bicentennial Bond projects announced by Mayor John Hamilton in 2018 and approved by the Bloomington City Council, the Griffy Lake project is accepting construction bids through Friday, August 20.
Due to low water levels, boat rental reservations and the launching of private watercraft are suspended through August 14, or until the lake returns to an appropriate level. The status of the boat launch can be checked by calling the Griffy Lake boathouse at 812-349-3732. The boathouse is staffed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. The City warns visitors to Griffy Lake to stay out of the lake bed during the drawdown, and assumes no responsibility for injuries that occur or items lost to or by individuals venturing onto the lake bed, where there is deep mud beneath the dried surface.
Depending on bids received, a contract for construction of the Griffy Lake project may be reviewed for approval at the September meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners. This project also includes a realignment of the entry drive into the Griffy Lake parking lot and a sidewalk and guardrail along the west side of Headley Road. The construction documents for this project are posted at https://www.bloomingtonplanroom.com/.