Madison County commissioners learned Monday that Oglethorpe County leaders have agreed to chip in $5,000 for expenses this year on Watson Mill State Park.
The park includes land in both counties.
Madison County commissioners recently agreed by a 3-2 vote to allocate $26,000 toward the park’s maintenance. The state government decided last year to eliminate staff at the park and to reduce the park’s status to an “outdoor recreation area.” The board has negotiated for months with state Department of Natural Resources leaders, hoping to keep Watson Mill’s “state park” status and to have state staff members on hand to take reservations for the park during peak usage months.
Oglethorpe County leaders agreed to help cover a portion of the cost.