Lake Guntersville State Park Urges People To Visit

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There seems to be a lack of turnout this summer at Lake Guntersville State Park.

So far, not as many people are choosing the park as much as the park would like.  They believe many people still think the park is closed due to tornado damage.

That's not the case, though.  The park is open and ready for visitors.

Jim Brierley celebrated July 4th on the golf course at Lake Guntersville State Park, far away from his native New Hampshire.

"Rented a chalet, things are gorgeous," said Brierley.  "The views are beautiful.  The mountains are just like at home.  The weather is a little different, but swing a club out here in 90-plus degree weather, I'll take a week like that any time."

Brierley said he couldn't believe the beauty of north Alabama and said he expected it to be flat.

Meanwhile, park officials say they can't believe more people aren't taking advantage of this beautiful place.

"It's been slow for us," said Nick Guinn, a park ranger. "I want to chalk it up to the heat.  It's been triple digits last weekend."

Guinn says while he hopes it's just the heat keeping people away, he says he does believe there are many people who haven't gotten the word that park is once again open for business.

"We try to put it out there as much as we can that hey, we are open," said Guinn.

The golf course also offers a new discount card program to try to increase the number of people hitting the links.

"It entitles you to $5 off 18 holes with the card, any day of the week, any holiday, weekend, weekday, regardless," said Jim Strong, golf course manager.

Maybe this slow summer will give way to a busy fall.

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