Lake Erie Community Park Celebrates Grand Opening

- May 31, 2014 - Lake Erie Community Park is celebrating its grand re-opening this weekend and has invited the community to see what this now-public space has to offer.

From showing off the future home of a new playground, learning how to fish, checking out some wildlife, or admiring the view of lake erie, there was much to be excited about at Saturday afternoon's celebration.

However, not everyone is so thrilled about this space being used as a public park when it once was a permanent campground for hundreds.

Becky Kindle is the co-owner of Elk Creek Sports Store in Lake City and she said since the park became a public park, already the business is seeing its sales drop.

Other local business owners, like Jerry Porsch, owner of Dairy Oasis, said he isn't sure just yet of the effects of this change.

"I'm still getting the baseball teams now. The official season for camping hasn't started yet, so we have to wait and see," Porsch said.

Meanwhile, Kindle said this is just another blow to local, home-grown businesses.

"We're a small independent store. We're not governed by big chains. We take care of our customers here that our local: these people were our local customers," she said.

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