Friends of Robert Lake Park Rebuilding Fund

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Update – June 14, 2018

Thirteen days ago, I shared with you news of the damage to Robert Lake Park following recent flooding. Today, I am overjoyed to update you that over 300 donors from more than 26 states have contributed just over $100,000. On behalf of all who love the park, we are eternally grateful for this generous response!

First estimates for the cost of repair ranged from $80,000–$100,000. As of today it appears that the final cost could end up toward that $100,000 neighborhood, or perhaps a little higher. Still, I wanted to let you know of the funding that has been received to date because it is possible that we are nearing the total funding that we need to complete the restoration. We will keep you updated as the work proceeds. Any dollars contributed beyond the final cost of the restoration will be deposited into an endowed fund that supports the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

Regarding the restoration itself, we have received approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward, and clean-up efforts have begun. We hope to have at least a portion of the park open and accessible to children (and the young at heart) by the first of July. Further, we have begun conversations with our architect and engineer to explore ways in which we might improve the park’s defenses against potential future flooding. For this reason the areas adjacent to Flat Creek may take a little longer to complete.

Again, we extend our thanks to so many who have stepped forward to show their support for this important part of our valley through your prayers, gifts and offers for help. I look forward to sharing our next update soon.

With deep gratitude,

Seth Hagler
Vice President for Development
Montreat Conference Center
seth@montreat.org
Direct dial: 828.419.9803


Original Post – May 31, 2018

For decades, Robert Lake Park – the “Montreat playground” – has been an integral part of the Montreat experience. A hub of Clubs recreation activities, birthday parties, family reunions, and a rock-hopping training ground for generations, Robert Lake Park is a central gathering point for all to play and grow together.

The heavy rains of May in Montreat have severely damaged the park. On Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning, rising waters swept across the park, washing away footbridges and picnic tables and eroding paths and play areas. While the conference center hopes to begin a restoration effort as soon as possible, the park has been closed until repairs can be completed. We will share more details as they are available, but preliminary estimates place the cost of the damage in the range of $80,000 to $100,000.

As the summer is upon us, a sense of urgency compels me to ask that you consider a gift to support the restoration of Robert Lake Park. Special one-time gifts that go above and beyond regular giving to Montreat will help us quickly undertake the task at hand – to reopen Robert Lake Park for the enjoyment of all as soon as possible. Please visit the link below to make a gift for immediate use in the restoration of the park and all that makes it such an important part of the mission and ministry of Montreat.

Of course, many of the elements that make this place so special cannot be washed away at all. We’re grateful for the gift of Robert Lake Park for all these many years, and we look forward to the day when the park is again filled with play toys, muddy feet, and laughter. Regardless of what you are able to do, thank you for your consideration.

Seth Hagler
Vice President for Development
Montreat Conference Center
seth@montreat.org
Direct dial: 828.419.9803