Jackson County Commission plans to move forward on improving, expanding county park
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Jackson County Commission is planning to move forward to improve and expand its county park.
The bids for the project were higher than anticipated, but commissioners believe the expected revenues garnered from the improvements will cover the expenses for the project. Initially there had been some discussion as to how to proceed. The project is designed to move forward without using taxpayer dollars, so the higher-than-expected bids were a concern.
The goal is to expand and remodel the Jackson County park. “It’s really a massive overhaul from what’s out there and what’s been out there in the past,” County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges said.
Hodges says part of the plans include bike trails and walking paths. Cabins are also in the works. “There are a lot of changes that are going to be coming,” Hodges says. “Have a section for boating, so that makes it easy for boaters and fisherman to get in and out, a section for the camping, a section for the cabins.”
Hodges says they also plan to add more recreational space.
County leaders say one of the goals in this project is to bring more people to the area, and they say they’re not just looking to bring in people who live outside Jackson County. They also want to bring in people who are residents. More visitors means more revenue.
Hodges says they expect the park to pay for itself over several years, using the revenue garnered from the cabin rentals and improvements. The project will be done in phases.
The county is planning to get the project started over the next couple of months. The Commission plans to vote to move forward on June 7th.
The county hopes to have the cabins available for rental this fall or winter.
An additional bid will be done on the playground equipment necessary for the improvements. County leaders say they are looking to start that process by June 13th.