Gibson Park Ramp will not be closed for upcoming work, except possibly briefly.
Inquiring minds wanted to know, so I called Chuck Burnett, Director, Hamilton County Parks & Recreation.
The work is actually about the dock, not the ramp. The dock cable system currently requires manually raising and lowering it with river levels. The work is to add extra sections to make it a free-floating dock, so it will rise and fall with the river.
Exactly when this work will be done this summer depends on river levels.
Also, behind the kiosk there is a pretty big erosion area, which will get fixed as well.
Most likely the ramp will be open the entire time. Except there may be a brief closing when they put pylons in for the dock.
All of the above is with assistance of a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Meanwhile, they just put in a playground behind the bathroom, with assistance from Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP), which is a program of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). So if you are camping with children, there’s a playground to entertain them.
The water that comes up in the Alapaha River Rise after travelling 19 miles underground from the Dead River Sink at the end of the Dead River, a distributary of the Alapaha River.
That Sink is now part of the Jennings Bluff Florida State Geological Site, which was declared March 17, 2023.
We know water travels underground that way because of the 2016 Alapaha Swallets Dye Trace Project.
Hamilton County is building a Jennings Bluff River Camp on land it owns next to the entrance to Jennings Bluff Tract. More on that when it is nearer to completion.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®