The Lula Lake Land Trust has acquired almost nine acres centered around an old sausage plant at Hinkle, Ga., on Lookout Mountain, Bobby Davenport of the land trust said.
The sausage plant was directly in the path of a tornado that struck Hinkle.
The property includes a lengthy stretch of Rock Creek, which is the source for the scenic Lula Lake and Falls.
Mr. Davenport said, "Walker County will be removing today the debris pile that Cecil Gravitt has been cleaning up. The Lookout Mountain Mercy Fund is funding the demolition of what is left of the old sausage plant. Walker County is providing dump trucks and landfill space. The land trust is buying the land from donations made to it for land acquisition.
"We have no plans for the nearly 9 acres that we are buying, and can’t do much with it until we also deal with the hundreds of huge trees that were blown down by the April 27 tornado. If we can raise money and interest for it, it sure would make a nice park for the local community."