Gadsden County BOCC Approves Pat Thomas Park Expansion
Quincy, FL - The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Florida Forest Service to acquire 13 additional acres for the expansion of Pat Thomas Park. Planning for the expansion has begun and we anticipate beginning the expansion project as early as February 2016.
“This will have a significant impact on the number of rentals that we have annually, while making major park improvements to the area. We are excited about what this means to our citizens and what it will do for tourism in our county”, stated Robert Presnell, County Administrator.
13 acre track (right side) to be cleared and developed for camping and recreation
Pat Thomas Park at Hopkins Landing currently generates $35,000-$40,000 annually, and there are 10 tent camps and 15 RV sites for rent. Its size and amenities have proven insufficient. On a weekly basis, patrons are turned away for a lack of space. Acquisition of this property will be utilized to more than double the number of camping sites and RV capacity. The majority of the proposed improvements, which are anticipated to begin in early February 2016, will be funded by grant sources and labor by the Public Works Department and the Florida Department of Corrections.
“Pat Thomas Park is one of the county’s crown jewels here in District-5. We are excited to make the necessary improvements that will allow them to continue enjoying the recreational outlets we provide in the county,” said District-5 County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor. “We look forward to a finished product that we can all enjoy and be proud of.”
The lease is for 27 years, which is the remainder of the lease the Department of State lands holds. At the end of that lease agreement, the County will be issued a sub-lease for the term of the new lease they enter into.