Fall Creek Falls Improvements Moving Forward

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) on Tuesday announced the State Building Commission has cleared another hurdle for improvements at Fall Creek Falls State Park. The proposed upgrades include a new irrigation system for the golf course and additional restroom facilities. The approval means state leaders have given the green light to open bids and select a vendor for project construction.

“These improvements at Fall Creek Falls will provide both residents and visitors with an even better experience at one of our state’s most premier parks,” said Rep. Travis. “In addition, these projects will provide a boost to the economy through increased tourism to Bledsoe County.”

The cost of the projects will total $2.25 million. Fall Creek Falls current irrigation system is in need of upgrade and increased visitors at the state park prompted the necessity for additional restrooms on the property.

“It is always exciting to see new projects underway at our state parks,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). “I know that with these improvements, the people of Bledsoe County will be enjoying Fall Creek Falls for years to come.”

Rep. Travis and his wife, Laura, live in the Dayton community in Rhea County. He represents the 31st House District, which includes all of Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and a portion of Roane Counties.



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