When 77 p.c of voting Alabamians handed a statewide modification to enhance our 21 state parks, they did us a favor. Of the $85-million bond accredited, $80 million will go towards modernizing the parks and investing in infrastructure to enhance them. The funding will make the parks extra worthwhile and enhance their place as premiere tourism locations.
The different $5 million will assist the Alabama Historical Commission keep purchase and assemble historic websites.
The modification accredited by voters May 31 originated from the passage of House Bill 565, which was sponsored by Reps. Nathaniel Ledbetter and Wes Kitchens. These legislators confirmed nice foresight to acknowledge the tens of 1000’s of vacationers the parks lure to our state annually and the necessity for the updates and renovations to maintain the parks enticing.
The bond problem is actually an funding in our state’s future – each economically and environmentally. With rates of interest so low, it was the proper time to make such a transfer, financially talking.
The invoice handed the House by a vote of 97-1, and it handed the Senate by a vote of 29-0 on an amended model. The ultimate model handed the House 98-0.
Thank you Reps. Ledbetter and Kitchens for locating a much-needed problem that almost all in each chambers might additionally agree upon – unanimously, a rarity within the Legislature.
Our state parks are a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the 21 parks embody roughly 50,000 acres of land and water in our state. They vary from the Gulf Coast seashores to the Appalachian Mountains. They present golf programs, mountain climbing trails, eating places, tenting, fishing, convention facilities, lodging and extra.
The parks are stunning wonders of nature and supply the very best Alabama has to supply. They are discovered within the following cities: Bladon Springs, Clio, Grove Oak, Woodville, Delta, Auburn, Gallion, Ft. Payne, Florala, Opp, Gulf Shores, Rogersville, Guntersville, Coker, Eufaula, Spanish Fort, Huntsville, Pelham, Selma, Warrior, Camden and Alexander City.
For extra data on these Alabama jewels of nature, go to www.alapark.com.