GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With the cut of the ribbon, Lake Guntersville State Park proudly opened its new multi-use venue, The Gathering Place, this morning.
The new building replaces a similar facility that was destroyed by a tornado on April 27, 2011.
"It was a place that really brought the campground community together. And it was a special place. And we lost that when the storm hit the campground. And that was devastating, and it's taken us many years to put this back in the campground." said Greg Lein, Director of Alabama State Parks.
The project has taken around five years to complete. The majority of the funding was secured by Senator Clay Scofield and a smaller protion came from timber sales resulting from the clearing of the tornado damage.
Built from the foundation up by the State Park Systems staff at Lake Guntersville and volunteers from the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Team, it's obvious a lot of love went into The Gathering Place.
Superintendent Michael Jeffreys says he's excited for the new venue to open and calls it the new cornerstone for the park.
"You're going to be able to bring families. You're going to be able to bring small groups. Stay in the campground, because we now have concessions to camping cabins." said Jeffreys.
The 48-by-28 foot meeting room is available for rent for groups of up to 60 and includes a prep kitchen, sound system, seating, and free WiFi.
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