Frank Jackson State Park Unveils New Playground Equipment

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Frank Jackson State Park in Opp is expanding. Tuesday, state and local officials celebrated the new additions. A group of volunteers is credited with giving kids a place to play.

Alabama Deputy Commissioner of Conservation Curtis Jones says Frank Jackson State Park plays an important role in making Opp a great community.

State officials took part in the dedication of several thousand dollars worth of new playground facilities for children to enjoy.

"The Trailmasters is a great organization of 85 members that put together this playground for our young children," Jones said.

The Trailmasters is a group of volunteers responsible for improvements at the park. They provided the labor in putting the playground together.

"We have maintained trails. We built two trails and re-floored the bridge and put together scarecrows in the park in the fall," said volunteer Charles Willis.

The playground and other upgrades at Alabama's 22 state parks comes through funds provided by the state's general fund budget.

"It's a great state park and primarily due to the efforts of the trailmasters and what they have done here to the park and Covington County," said Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba.

The centerpiece of the park is Frank Jackson Lake, which is several hundred acres of pristine fresh water activities.

A spokesman for the park says the City of Opp also helped improve the playground equipment.

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