Proposed amendment would boost Alabama’s state parks
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson
The Alabama State Primary Election Ballot includes one amendment to the state constitution that would help Alabama’s 21 state parks.
Statewide Amendment 1 aims to provide up to $85 million in municipal bonds to improve and maintain public historical sights and parks, and Alabama state parks. The bonds would have to be repaid with interest over the course of 20 years.
“We have made much progress, but with limited funding we have not been able to update our parks as quickly as we would like,” said Greg Lein, Director of Alabama State Parks, in an email.
Passing the proposed amendment would give the parks the resources they need to get the public back to enjoying more than 48,000 acres of land and water.
Cheryl Gardener has camped Alabama’s state parks for years. Though money came and went, Gardener said, “I had a tent, and I could afford to get away from town.”
According to a fact sheet, over 6.2 million people visited an Alabama State Park last year, and generated more than $375 million in revenue.
For more information on Alabama’s parks, visit their website at www.alapark.com.