Gadsden County Looking to Expand Pat Thomas Park

Gadsden County Looking to Expand Pat Thomas Park
Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 14:22:20-04

GADSDEN Co. (WTXL) - Gadsden County is reaching out to the Florida Forest Service in an attempt to expand Pat Thomas Park by Lake Talquin.

The Board of County Commissioners has been in touch with the Forest Service about two expansion projects for the park.

One would consolidate 12 acres east of Hopkins Landing Road, doubling the area for RV and camping sites. The other would establish a nature trail around the cove of a property next to the park. Both sites are currently owned by the Forest Service.

County officials say the park isn't big enough to accommodate all of its visitors.

Robert Presnell, the County Administrator for Gadsden County, "Pat Thomas is our star park in our park system. It's very popular, being on the lake, naturally. We have a lot of visitors from out of town who use the park, and it's known regionally. And so enhancing that park just means a lot for this county as a destination."

The Board of County Commissioners will meet to authorize submitting a sublease application to the state. The County has been working to expand the park since 2011.