The Army Corps of Engineers will temporarily close Sheppard Island Park, adjacent to Emmett Sanders Lock & Dam near Pine Bluff for up to six weeks to remove debris.

The park will close beginning Wednesday, May 9, to allow contractors to remove about 30,000 cubic yards of sand and debris deposited in the park during the 2015 and 2016 floods, according to a news release.

“During this time, contractors will be using heavy equipment and dump trucks to remove sand and debris from the park raising public safety concerns. When work is complete, the public will have better access to the boat ramp, picnic sites, parking, and bank fishing areas that have been affected since the floods,” according to the release.

“Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers McClellan-Kerr Project – Pine Bluff Site Office regret any inconvenience this may cause,” according to the release.

Details: Pine Bluff Site Office Manager Brian Osberghaus, 501-340-1309.