HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Commissioners are discussing plans to re-open a 600-acre state park.
After Hurricane Michael caused nearly $250,000 in damage to Chattahoochee State Park in October of 2018. Causing it to be unsafe for anyone to use, but future plans may change that.
The idea is to bring a 50-acre sporting clay course. This field will include 10 skeet fields, 5 stand courses, and 10 trap fields which are all used for the sport.
A 40- acre horse riding and nature trail, 110 acres dedicated to A.T.V. riding, along with other features. Ricky Plummer a planner of the project hopes to attract people and tournaments to this part of Houston County with the renovations to the park.
The county was allocated $300,000 from the state’s budget for the park, and they are hoping to get an additional $1.7 million from the state, which are funds from COVID-19 relief aid.
“Regional shoots bring in four to five hundred shooters for a competition,” Plummer said. “There is a lot of revenue there, hotels, with a lot of purchases made. I think it has a lot of potential.”
As a first step for the project, county leaders are discussing the possibility to use $15,000 of the $300,000 for a survey to be conducted on the grounds to see exactly how much the total project will be.