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Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Port, Ala., will be home to an 80-site recreational vehicle park, which could open this fall and become a new source of revenue for the financially struggling Civil War landmark.
According to the Mobile Register, park officials announced that the RV park will be on a 44-acre tract near the park’s entrance on Alabama 225, about five miles north of Spanish Fort.
Contractors already have begun work on the first phase of construction, which will include 31 sites, said Park Ranger Tim Gilchrist. He said he hopes that phase would be complete by September, although weather could cause delays.
The park recently lost all its funding from the state, and is relying on a three-year, $500,000 contribution from the Baldwin County Commission to stay afloat, Park Director JoAnn Flirt said.
“We’re doing it to provide funding for the park, to help sustain the park,” Gilchrist said of the RV venture. “This can’t do it alone, but it can provide some relief in funds we need to stay alive.”
Funding for the first phase of the RV park comes from $300,000 previously allocated by the state.
Gilchrist said the $300,000 will barely cover the cost of the first phase of construction. After that, revenue generated by the RV park will fund construction of future phases.