Tourism directors take first step in creating Florence attraction

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After years of debate on what to do with Veterans Park, a possible attraction is gaining ground.

Tourism officials have taken steps to move forward with a possible multi-court tennis complex.

“It’s a great opportunity to add to the quality of life for Florence and Lauderdale County. And of course, it’s a tourism attractor. We have the opportunity to attract new tournaments,” Rob Carnegie, President/CEO of Florence-Lauderdale Tourism explained.

The Board of Directors for the Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Office have approved up to $15,000 to get architectural renderings of what the complex might look like.

They see it as way to expand their sports tourism portfolio along with the already popular fishing and baseball tournaments they help host.

“Tourism isn’t going anywhere,” stated Carnegie. “It’s not going to be relocated or moved out of this area. It’s something that we’re continually able to invest back in, invest in ourselves.”

Once the renderings are created, the proposed complex can be put out for bid to see just how much the project would cost.

The proposed tennis complex would be part of a master plan for Veterans Park, which includes an amphitheater, walking trails and infrastructure.

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