ROGERSVILLE – Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship was joined last week at Joe Wheeler State Park by Alabama State Parks Division Director Greg Lein and local dignitaries to celebrate the completion of renovations that will make the visitor experience even more enjoyable.

Among the projects completed at the park were upgraded lodge hotel rooms, a renovated lodge front desk area, new lobby windows in the lodge, new indoor and outdoor furniture at the Lakeside Cottages, new televisions in some cabins, an upgraded security system, renovations in staff offices, new fuel pumps at the marina, landscaping at the lodge, new road signs, and improvements at The General Golf Course driving range.

“Usually a ribbon cutting is for a new attraction, but today we’re proud to cut a ribbon to mark a kind of rebirth for this amazing state park,” said Blankenship. “There has been a beehive of activity here at Joe Wheeler where the staff has been busy making improvements all over the park. It is great to share this celebration with all the staff, our park volunteers and our friends and local partners in the Rogersville/Lauderdale County area.”

Joining the Blankenship and Lein at the ceremony were Alabama state Sen. Tim Melson of Florence, Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville, Rep. Phillip Pettus of Greenhill, and Rogersville Mayor Richard Herston.

“We are very happy to put a spotlight on these improvements that we have wanted to tackle for some time,” Lein said. “Our dedicated staff worked hard to continue to provide excellent service while the maintenance was ongoing and the fact that Joe Wheeler State Park earned a TripAdvisor.com Hall of Fame designation this year is proof of their efforts paying off.”