OGELTHORPE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One local park plans to renovate its 482 acre landscape with the help of federal grant money.
Whitewater Creek Park in Macon County received $100,000 from the Department of Natural Resources-a grant for land and water conservation.
The county applied for the grant back in November, and were recently notified earlier this month they received funding from the department.
County manager Regina McDuffie says the park needed several enhancements and renovations, which is why they applied for the grant.
Along with federal funding, $650,000 in SPLOST money has been added to the renovation funds.
Park leaders plan to add a splash pad, playgrounds and more signage hoping to attract more families and visitors. McDuffie says once that phase is complete, blueprints to dig out hiker's trails are next.
"It's a beautiful area. It's a lot of countryside with beautiful outdoor recreational area, so we want people from all over the state to come in and camp and have activities here in our community."
The long-term goal of the project is to boost the number of park visitors.
McDuffie added they don't have an exact start date; however, they hope to start on the project within the year.