HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Due to a lack of funds from the county and state, the Chattahoochee State Park is now closed.
This past weekend, the Houston County Commission submitted a request for funding from the state to try to get the park to an operative status.
“We requested some assistance from the state, actually to partner with the state to replace the facilities that are down there that have been damaged,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver. “Today, I got a letter that states that they didn’t have the funds to do it.”
The state suggested that the commission look into grant opportunities, which will happen, but the park will stay closed.
“We know that without additional funds we can’t reopen the park,” Culver said. “I mean it’s just not feasible or safe for that matter. It’s been a real asset to the county, but there’s nothing for us to manage at this point and without the state stepping up we just don’t have any ability to continue with the park.”
Culver said that there’s always hope and they’ll pursue every angle, but they aren’t overly optimistic.
“There’s a lot of need for things and grants around the state and the state wouldn’t have made the decision way back in the early ’90s to close the park if it was a high priority area,” Culver said. “We’re going to pursue it and look into it and if we are able to get some assistance at some point in the future then we would certainly push to reopen it.”
Culver also said they can look into doing something with the facilities out there if they were to get some funding.