WILCOX CO., AL (WSFA) - Another of the five Alabama state parks that was closed at the start of the 2016 fiscal year due to budget cuts is about to reopen.
Wednesday, Alabama State Parks staff, Wilcox County Commissioners and Camden City Council members began preparations for the reopening of Roland Cooper State Park.
Roland Cooper is slated to reopen by Labor Day following a bid in July to award management of the park to Recreation Resource Management (RRM). RRM is planning for a grand opening in early September, but before that can the park will need to be cleaned, and some trees and equipment will need to be removed.
The leadership and elected officials of Wilcox County and the city of Camden have stepped up to assist in cleaning up the park by approving the work necessary for the cleanup to have Roland Cooper ready for guests this fall, and on Wednesday city and county officials gathered to begin the cleanup process.
Of the 22 parks managed by the Alabama State Parks System, the Alabama Dept. of Conservation decided to close Bladon Springs State Park in Choctaw County, Paul Grist State Park in Dallas County, Chickasaw State Park in Marengo County , Florala State Park in Covington County, and Roland Cooper State Park in Wilcox County.
In addition to Roland Cooper, Paul Grist has since reopened, and Florala's park has been transferred to city control.