By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Hart County has agreed to lease two parks on Lake Hartwell from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
At their regular meeting last month, the Board of Commissioners voted to lease both Long Point and Milltown Parks.
Both parks were scheduled for permanent closure by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to federal budget cuts.
Milltown is a primitive campground at the end of Milltown Road off Reed Creek Highway and is on a peninsula.
In addition to campsites, it also has one boat ramp. But County administrator Jon Caime says for now, there are no plans to very much with Milltown.
We looked at trying to get somebody to come in and do something with Milltown, but we had a short period of time and nothing came up,” Caime said. “We’re hoping that some third party will come in and show an interest in the park and sublease it from us and develop it. It’s a beautiful park.”
But there are long range plans for Long Point Park. Long Point Park is located at the end of Old Highway 29 just outside of Hartwell.
“Long Point is in our strategic tourism corridor,” he said. “To get to the mega ramp, to get to Long Point, you have to come through town and that’s by design. So people are going to spend money in town, buying gas, buying groceries, staying at the hotels, it’s all there.”
Caime said Long Point is already a very popular day use facility, and he said the County hopes to use it as another major point of interest for visitors.
Efforts are underway to move this year’s Hartwell Music Fest from the mega ramp to Long Point Park.