Visitors to Red Top Mountain State Park will be able to enjoy a new and improved beach area when the weather warms up! Breedlove Land Planning developed plans for the Department of Natural Resources to update the area’s amenities and improve access from the parking area down to the sandy beach. The design nestles improvements under existing tree canopy, including a new restroom building, ADA compliant board walks, new picnic areas, and a new multi-use plaza area that can accommodate events and food trucks. The project is currently under construction with an anticipated completion date in the spring. Breedlove Land Planning looks forward to seeing the project completed and in use!
Recently the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division proudly unveiled a new event center and campground at the Evans County Public Fishing Area. Breedlove Land Planning provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for both facilities to take full advantage of the adjacent Bidd Sands Lake. The ribbon cutting ceremony for these new amenities included a formal dedication of Bidd Sands Lake, named after local hero Captain William Daniel ‘Bidd’ Sands, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
The event center, designed by Lyman Davidson Dooley Architects, is situated on a small peninsula and offers wonderful views of the lake. The building contains a full kitchen and restrooms, and is accompanied by a new parking lot, walkways and landscaping. It will certainly be an enjoyable venue to host any event from weddings to family reunions to small conferences.
The campground contains 14 campsites accommodating RVs, 8 tent-only sites, and a restroom and shower facility. It will be an attractive amenity for both fishing and camping enthusiasts, as it also offers views and access to Bidd Sands Lake. Anglers can easily stay overnight or campers can easily fish!
Breedlove Land Planning is delighted to have a part in both of these projects that will undoubtedly be wonderful assets for Evans County and the surrounding community.
The Visitor Center at Red Top Mountain State Park is nearing completion. The new ‘heart’ of this popular Georgia State Park will provide a wide variety of services for users including natural and historic interpretation of the ecological and human history of this fascinating park along the shores of Lake Allatoona. The new site design includes improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation, an entry plaza, and outdoor education pavilion, amphitheater and a host of native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The building, designed by Croft and Associates and constructed by Lovvorn Construction, should be open to the public by late September 2019.
Over the last six months, Breedlove Land Planning has been performing Condition Assessment reports for over a dozen Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Working with the Department of Natural Resources, our firm was tasked with inventorying existing assets at these various sites throughout the State, and providing an analysis as to their current conditions. The result is a series of documents which will help the Department of Natural Resources make development and improvement choices throughout the Park and Historic Site system and determine future funding needs.
What do traditional Turkic nomads have in common with northwest Georgia? Yurts. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources hired Breedlove Land Planning to design and observe the construction of eight new yurt campsites at Cloudland Canyon State Park. This new campsite will have a full comfort station, picnic pavilion, playground and trail access to the canyon loop trail system. These modern day yurt structures will each sit upon individualize platforms (above) and have front and back decks that take advantage of views of this Cumberland Plateau ecosystem. Construction should be finished in November, 2012.
The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center “recently opened new shooting ranges where the public can participate in skeet, trap and 5-stand shooting activities” the Rockdale Citizen reports. Breedlove Land Planning is pleased to have designed this new Georgia Department of Natural Resources facility. Creating a recreational shooting range was a unique challenge, one which emphasized design precision, quality material detailing and, most importantly, safety considerations. The range is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail in Mansfield, Ga. (photo © Copyright 2012 Rockdale Citizen)
Breedlove Land Planning recently produced the ‘High Falls State Park Dock, Boatslip and Boathouse Standards’ for the Department of Natural Resources. Working in concert with Georgia State Parks, this document will help guide future improvements to the boathouses and boatslips along the shores of High Falls Lake in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of lake users and to protect view sheds and water access for all Owners. Interested Owners can receive a copy of this document at the park office. More information about High Falls State Park can be viewed here.
Construction at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center continues. Breedlove Land Planning designed and permitted a brand new skeet and trap range adjacent to an existing rifle range facility. This project for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is being built by Gay Construction and should be online by Spring. Elements include two new trap houses, two high/low houses and associated accessories to provide users with a safe and rewarding experience.