Madison County leaders say Watson Mill State Park — which is slated to lose its “state park” status this week — needs at least enough staff to book reservations for campsites and deter criminal activity.
The park is slated to lose three employees this week. But county commissioners are speaking with state officials about potentially funding a portion of a clerical salary. This person would keep up with park reservations. County leaders also want to have some county law enforcement presence in the park, potentially using state park facilities as a deputy outpost.
“People want to come to the park and they want the ability to get a reservation,” said BOC chairman Anthony Dove, adding that Madison County wants to have law-abiding citizens using the park for recreational purposes, such as horseback riding, camping and playing in the river. “We’re looking at keeping people you want in there, the people with their horses and trailers and campers.”