GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Damage from the recent ice storm has forced county officials to close Hagan-Stone Park until further notice.
“Hagan-Stone has 409 acres. There are trees and limbs down on all of that,” said Terry Ward, park supervisor.
That means sawing and clearing limbs have been the only things on the to-do list for park maintenance workers since the storm.
“It’s been trees. Trees, trees, trees,” said Cameron Scott, park maintenance. “When I go home at night, all I can think about is trees.”
Despite days of work, the park’s eight miles of trails are still impassible; trees are still down on structures and there is severe damage at the Camp Joy pool.
Ward says Guilford County is applying for FEMA grants to help pay for extra help. However, it’s up to the park’s six maintenance workers to get the park back in shape for now.
“It’s going to be weeks before we’re back to normal,” said Ward.
Ward says crews have worked to clear areas that were previously reserved for events, so no events have been cancelled yet.
Hagan-Stone Park is the only Guilford County park closed as a result of the ice storm.