Kolomoki Mounds State Park sees increase in revenue despite pandemic
BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) - The Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely had to cancel its' 50th anniversary festival this year for only the second time in its history. This year it was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everybody’s wanting to get out of the house and camping is like the perfect social distancing," Park Assistant Manager John Barrett said. "You’ve got your own space. And yet, you can still talk to your neighbor from a good social distance away.”
Kolomoki Mounds is fully operational after having to limit some services earlier this year. The park features a variety of activities for visitors, including 24 campgrounds, walking trails, lakes, and eight Kolomoki Mounds to hike.
With coronavirus health orders in affect, people have been retreating to the great outdoors for some fresh air.
“So being outside is of course great for your health and overall sanity, in a lot of cases," Park Manager Lauren Bryant said. "You can social distance easily.”
Bryant says late summer is usually one of the slowest times of the season. However, with the current pandemic and social distancing guidelines, revenue is up significantly this year compared to last year.
“We’ve seen an increase in visitation,” Bryant said. "Camping has been up in revenue. We were up 15% revenue overall for the fiscal year, so far. In August, which is one of our hottest months, and probably our slowest time, we saw a 29% increase compared to last August.”
The state park is inviting volunteers to the grounds on Saturday, September 25th to help clean up areas of the park.
"You can either go clean a trail for us, we’ve got rocking chairs that need to be repainted. We’ve got a few gardens that need to mulching,” Bryant said.
If you’re interested in volunteering for Park Cleanup Day, you can show up to the Kolomoki Mounds Stand Park Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and noon Eastern time Saturday.
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