These Capital Improvement Projects were made possible by the Alabama Legislature restoring funds to the State Park Budget. This page is intended to keep the public informed on what we are doing with these funds and what facilities will be temporarily closed during construction.
Joe Wheeler State Park's New Marina Shelter-Completed
Joe Wheeler used capital improvement funds/grant monies/donations to construct a new shelter at the Marina. A grant was obtained through Lauderdale County Development Commission by State Representative Lynn Greer. Wheeler Yacht Club also provided funds toward the construction. DCNR Engineering designed the structure, and Joe Wheeler's Maintenance Crew built the shelter. It will be used by our boater and for marina events. Shelter will also be available to rent by groups staying at the hotel.
Project Started 03/2014 and ended 04/10/2014
Joe Wheeler State Park Cabin 27 Renovation-Completed
We used capital improvement funds to renovate Cabin 27 near Wheeler Dam. This cabin was in desperate need of repair to its flooring and floor joists. This cabin now has new ceiling, hardwood floors, new wall paneling, new countertops, new appliances, new furniture, and new central heat and air. All work completed by Joe Wheeler's Maintenance Crew.
Project Started 01/2014 and Completed 02/13/2014.
Joe Wheeler Campground Bathhouse A/C Installation - In Progress
The bathhouses in our campground were not climate controlled in the summer. We didn't have any air conditioning in these bathhouses which caused them to be quite uncomfortable. We've installed AC units in 2 of the 3 bathhouses, with the final bathhouse to be completed soon. Mini-Split heat pumps/AC units were selected because they are very energy efficient and remove humidity from the bathhouse, providing more guest comfort.
Start Date 03/2014
Expected Completion - 06/2014
Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge River Room- In Progress
The River Room is a popular meeting space at the Lodge. It is in need of updating and repairs. There will be new flooring, new windows, new window shades, and new paint. This will bring a whole new look to this outstanding meeting space.
Expected Start Date 05/18/2014
Expected Competion Date 07/16/2014
The Windows have been completed. The Next Step will be painting, then new flooring. The final step will be installation of new Hunter Douglas Window Shades.
River Room will be closed 06/30/2014 - 07/11/2014
Joe Wheeler State Park Hotel Room Refrigerators- Completed
You asked for it and we are getting it. All hotel rooms will have compact refrigerators installed very soon to meet the needs of our guest. We also have plans for furniture to house the refrigerator and adding microwaves.
Expected Start Date 05/01/2014
Joe Wheeler Marina New Windows - Complete
Some of the windows at the Marina suffered termite damage a few years ago. Since funding was restored, we were able to address this problem. We replaced these windows with aluminum store front windows. It really makes our Marina store look better, and it's more energy efficient. We plan on doing the rest of the windows next year.
Expected Start Date - 05/01/2014
Completed - 05/19/2014
Joe Wheeler Golf Course Greens Renovation- In Progress
One of the major complaints at our golf course has been the greens and cart paths. We finished the cart paths last year with grant monies and this summer we will renovate the green with new grass and drainage. Over the years, the Bermuda grass has mutated and greens became less desirable to play. We want to fix this for our park visitors using these capital improvement funds.
Expected Start Date 06/02/2014
Expected Completion Date 11/1/2014
GOLF COURSE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THIS TIME
Joe Wheeler Cabin Area Boat Launch - In Progress
The public boat launch pier in our cabin area needs replaced and upgraded. The boat launch will have a new pier and parking area that is ADA accessible. Funding for this project were made possible by a partnership with TVA and Alabama State Parks.
Ready for concrete
Expected Start Date - 05/2014
Expected Completion Date - 07/2014
THE BOAT LAUNCH WILL HAVE PERIODS THAT IT WILL BE CLOSED WHEN PROJECT STARTS
Joe Wheeler Lodge Dog Friendly Hotel Rooms and Cottage - Completed
We understand that things changes and so do policies. We have in the past prohibited dogs from staying in our overnight facilities. However, we recently created dog friendly cabins for our guests with well-behaved dogs. The next step is to create 5 dog friendly hotel rooms and a dog friendly cottage. The hotel rooms will have luxury vinyl flooring with pet stations nearby. Cottages have wood floors and will have stain resistant furniture with a pet station at cottage. Pet fee will apply.
Expected Start Date 05/03/2014
Reservation can be made starting 06/01/2014
New flooring in Lodge Rooms 121-125