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Capital Improvements for Gulf State Park 2014

Lakeside Cabins

Gulf State Park has 16 Lakeside cabins, 4 small woods cabins and 11 Lakeside cottages.  Our Lakeside cabins and small woods cabins were last renovated over 10 years ago.  The condition of the cabins structurally is still very good but they needed redecorating.  The capital Improvement money that we were given went toward new blinds, mirrors, wall art, bathroom hardware, shower curtains, bedspreads, sheets and towels.  Approximately $1100 each cabin = $17,600.

 
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Campground Splash pad

Our splash pad was constructed and opens in 2010.  The rubber subsurface needed replacing due to the rubber deteriorating with the sun and chlorine. Rubber surfaces can be quite expensive and most splash pads in the area are removing their rubber surfaces and replacing with Cool decking.  We are very happy with the finished product and so are our campers.  Cost $14,082.00

 
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Campground Primitive Camping

We are currently in the planning stages to add 10-15 primitive campsites within the current campground.  The majority of our 496 campsites are more suitable for RV camping and there are many requests to add a more natural environment for our tent campers.  There have been two areas identified; however placement for these sites is proving to be a challenge due to the wetlands in the campground. Once we have worked through placement with the Army Corps of Engineers we will begin constructing a road and using a crusher run gravel to fill in the sites with parking, tent pad, picnic tables a grill and a fire pit.  We are looking forward to this addition and will keep our website updated when this takes place.  Phase 1 Cost $150,000.

 

Pier

The largest Pier in the Gulf of Mexico requires close to $56,000 in general maintenance excluding any storm damage.  The pier flooring on the inside of the pier house has been cracking and chipping and needed to be replaced with a longer lasting product that can withstand the elements and meet Health Department Requirements.  Cost $2,658.64

 
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Salt Water Beach Pavilion

Our salt water beach pavilion is one of the only public beach access areas in the area that has restrooms, showers, event facilities and 2 miles of sandy white pristine beaches.  Gulf State Park was ranked #2 next to the Public Beach in the City of Gulf Shores for the best beaches in the U.S.  We are very proud of our pavilion and made the decision to add on to our concession area with a 30’ x 30’wooden decking to accommodate all our patrons.  The project is currently in the bidding process and should be completed by the end of summer 2014.  Cost $22,000.

 
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Additional Projects completed

The climate down here at the beach is very harsh on anything especially anything electrical.  Below are the facilities that needed the following:

Replacement Central Air Conditioning Units

Salt Water Beach Pavilion = $11,927.00

Salt Water Pier= $14,999.99

Headquarters= $4,900.00

 

 

                 
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