New Bridge Ribbon-cutting at Chickasaw State Park
May 14, 2018 | Permalink
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
CONTACT: Kim Schofinski
BRIDGE RIBBON-CUTTING AT CHICKASAW STATE PARK ON MAY 23
HENDERSON – On Wednesday, May 23, Tennessee State Parks will unveil a new bridge at Chickasaw State Park. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill will share details on other planned park improvements, including renovated campgrounds, historic cabin restorations and upgrades to the park’s wastewater treatment plant.
A bridge that connects two shores of Lake Placid has been replaced to provide ADA-accessibility and allow passage for small watercraft underneath. The project includes a number of features to enhance the guest experience, including a covered observation platform in the center and bump outs for fishing.
New camping amenities will include larger tent pads to accommodate visitor needs and limit erosion, the addition of 50 amp electrical service, potable water at all sites, and the replacement of two bathhouses. The bathhouses provide family-friendly restrooms, shower facilities and reduce the park’s overall energy use with low-flow fixtures and efficient lighting and HVAC system.
Other planned park improvements include a $2.1 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant and restoration of the historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) cabins to National Historic Register status. Beyond returning the exteriors to their original condition, the project will provide thoughtful integration of modern conveniences, including central HVAC systems. The cabins will seek the highest sustainability standards from locally-sourced materials.
WHAT: Bridge Ribbon-Cutting
WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
10 a.m. CST
WHERE: Chickasaw State Park
20 Cabin Lane
Henderson, TN 38340
Chickasaw State Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee. Of the area’s 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. Chickasaw State Park offers various activities for visitors to embark on including more than four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bicycle friendly roads. For more information, visit https://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/Chickasaw.
Kim Schofinski | Deputy Communications Director
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 2nd Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville TN 37243
p. (615) 350-3431 c. (615) 571-3165