North Alabama County Building 20-Site RV park
The newest park in Alabama's Colbert County is beginning to take shape.
Colbert Alloys Park had been used as a campground for years by Reynolds Alloys employees and retirees, but fell into disrepair when the owners were unable to cover the cost of maintenance.
After the Reynolds employees’ group deeded the property to the county, Commissioner Rex Burleson said the county would slowly develop the park as money became available, The Times Daily, Florence, reported.
Contractors have been busy the past few weeks, and the goal is to have the new RV park open by Labor Day.
“We’re making progress,” Burleson said. “It’s going to take some time. Once it’s done, it’s going to be real nice.”
Richard Edmonds, an engineer with White, Lynn, Collins and Associates, said the county Road Department and a private contractor have been adding utilities and constructing 20 recreational vehicle pads.
The county is building an access road to the pads, which will initially be made of crushed stone.
“Each RV space will have its own water, electric and sewer hookup,” Edmonds said.
Edmonds said the contractor will build a restroom and shower facility, and pour concrete pads for the two handicapped-accessible RV sites.
“The sanitary sewer system has been installed and it’s completed,” Edmonds said.
An electrical contractor will install the breaker boxes for the RV pads and run wire to the individual campsites and the restroom.
Sheffield Utilities installed power lines to the park as well as several security lights.
Once the utilities are set, Edmonds said, the county will install the crushed rock base for the road and the RV pads. He said a chip-seal coating likely will be applied to the circular drive through the campground.
“We’re going to finish this up and next week get started on the pier at the boat ramp,” Burleson said.
Burleson said the county will rebuild the restrooms and rewire the park pavilion. The concrete pad will be pressure washed and the pavilion will be painted.
The county Road Department will improve the road leading to the pavilion and the Water Department will run water lines to the pavilion.
Commissioners approved the purchase of a manufactured home that will serve as a caretaker’s residence and park office.
“Housing for the caretaker should be (in place in) the next couple of weeks,” Burleson said.
Burleson said county officials had hoped to open the park July 4, but rainy weather in April and May delayed work.