The Tennessee State Parks Department has about $400,000 available to invest in improvements or new recreation projects at Paris Landing State Park, a state official said during a public forum Monday at the conference center at the park.
The state parks department is part of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Rudy Collins, regional director for the Jackson office of TDEC, spoke during the forum, saying that the purpose of the meeting was to get ideas for new recreational programs in order to help the state update the business plan for the park.
“The swimming pool at the park is not going to reopen in 2022,” Collins said. “But we do have some money to spend on new projects and new ideas.”
Those attending the forum were given comment cards on which to write their ideas.
Zach Tinkle, park manager, updated those in attendance about some of the recent happenings at the park, including:
• The renovation of campsites.
• Replacing 50 picnic tables.
• Paving the tennis courts.
• Added a kayak rental facility.
• Added watering stations for humans and pets along walking trails.
• Paving and striping of parking lots.
Copies of the state’s business plan for the park were available. It includes proposals for other projects, including installation of playgrounds at the picnic area, campground, inn and cabins; installation of a water playground; and fixing up furnishings, fixtures and equipment at the cabins.
State Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, inquired about whether improvements could be made to the stage area at the amphitheater near the pavilion. He referred specifically to the old Summer in the Park programs that used to be held at PLSP.
He also offered an idea about connecting the lagoon area to the lake, which could lead to an extra boat ramp there.
Tinkle said a project involving the possible development of mountain bike trails has stalled, primarily for financial reasons.
The biggest change coming to the park is the completion of a new hotel there — The Lodge at Paris Landing. Tinkle and Henry County Mayor John Penn Ridgeway both said they are hearing now that it will be late spring 2022 before the lodge is finished and opens for business.
The new 90-room lodge will provide hotel resort-style vacation rentals, with modern room designs, conference space, a full-service restaurant, bar and lounge overlooking Kentucky Lake.