[Moderator Note: The original message in this thread was from 2001. This is an article that appeared on 10/24/2002.]
Cheaha State Park will receive $8.2 million to restore its historic forestry stone tower, cabins and Bald Rock Lodge.
The money is part of $182 million the Joint Legislative Committee on State Parks authorized Oct. 10 for improving Alabama's state parks. The money comes from a bond issue that was approved by voters in 1998 but that only took effect last May.
The tower, cabins and lodge all were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a job-creation program under President Franklin Roosevelt. Over the decades, the historic structures have fallen into serious disrepair; one of the cabins has burned down, and the lodge has been closed for more than five years.
http://www.cleburnenews.com/news/2002/c ... 4i4559.htm
The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially re-open Bald Rock Lodge is set for 1 p.m. on June 20. The public is invited to attend.
On hand for the ceremony will be Conservation Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley, State Parks Division Director Mark Easterwood, mayors and city officials from surrounding areas, as well as contractors who supervised the work. Governor Bob Riley plans to attend if his schedule permits. The CCC-era group lodge has been closed for a decade because of its unsafe condition.
Renovating this historic building in Cheaha State Park pays tribute to the hard work of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corp, says Commissioner Lawley. Alabamas State Park system began many years ago through their efforts, and I am pleased that we honor their work through this restoration effort.
Bald Rock Lodge has been completely renovated throughout, with a commercial kitchen for onsite meal preparation or catering. The building will sleep 30 to 35 guests and has meeting space in the dining hall for over 100. The lodge is an ideal location for family reunions, weddings, receptions, corporate retreats, and small business group meetings.
Cheaha State Park is one of the 11 original state parks opened in 1933 and the oldest continuously operating Alabama State Park. Development of the park was initiated and performed by men of the Civilian Conservation Corp between 1933 and 1939. CCC construction was responsible for the roads, stone cabins, Bald Rock Group Lodge, the observation tower, picnic shelters, hiking trails, lake and beach facilities,
bathhouses and other recreational areas.
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