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Cherokee Nation to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new park near Sallisaw

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - Cherokee Nation is announcing plans for the new Cherokee Nation Park near Sallisaw, located on the Robert S. Kerr Reservoir.

A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

Phase one of the project will provide all necessary infrastructure including water, sewer and electric. In addition, it will add 74 RV sites and five guest cabins to the property.

The new 100-acre development falls under the Cherokee Nation Park, Wildlands, Fishing and Hunting Preserve Act of 2021 and will be managed by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

The full 1,300-acre-property was transferred to Cherokee Nation in 1998 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and put into trust. A few years later, it opened to the public for day-use offering a boat ramp, horseback riding trails and limited hunting.

The current site will close to the public beginning Friday, Oct. 28. Phase one work is expected to take about two years to complete.

KXMX Staff Writer

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