Cheaha State Park Celebrates Re-Opening of Campground, Other Renovations
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
DELTA, Ala. – Alabama’s first state park celebrated the re-opening of all its campgrounds, the introduction of new hiking trails and educational exhibit panels, along with a host of renovations to amenities on the mountain on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Cheaha State Park now has camping spots that are fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Upper Campgrounds are newly paved and many camping spots were reworked to make them level. Located at the state’s highest point and officially dedicated as a state park in 1939, the park also recently upgraded chalets with new furniture and appliances, replaced roofs on the Cheaha Hotel and added new heating and air conditioning at the Bald Rock Group Lodge and Vista Cliffside Restaurant.
“Cheaha State Park is at the ‘top of Alabama,’” said Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship, “and these improvements are meant to assure our visitors that they are at the top of our list of priorities. This beautiful place needed several infrastructure improvements. Now, though, through the hard work of our staff and the strategic reinvestment of operational income, Cheaha is once again a showcase of our parks system.”
Blankenship was joined by Alabama State Parks Division Director Greg Lein at the ribbon cutting. “I would echo the Commissioner’s words on Cheaha,” he said. “It is always inspiring to get into nature in such a magnificent area and with these improvements, we have made it more comfortable to enjoy the park.”
The park also completed projects that refreshed both the inside and outside of its chalets, added tile flooring at the hotel, renovated the pool to include a new ADA chair lift, added electromechanical locks, a fire suppression system and improved the fiber optic network. The Mike Bosarge Memorial Dog Park was opened in the fall of 2018.
Others attending the ceremony were state Rep. Steve Hurst of Munford; Scott Layfield, U.S. Forest Service; Dr. Adam Dasinger, Cleburne County Schools; Patrick Nolen, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department; Linda Hearn, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce; Beverly Ervin and Sandy Sanders, Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce; Johnny Hamlin, Clay County Sheriff’s Office; and Tanya Moloney and Tammy Perry, City of Heflin.
About Alabama’s State Parks System
The Alabama State Parks is a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division maintains 21 parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. Download the State Parks app at pocketranger.com. For more information about Alabama State Parks, go online to www.alapark.com. Partners Pay the Way.
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