DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Some upgrades are on the way to Landmark Park, thanks in part to a $200,000 appropriation to expand its educational offerings.
Landmark Park has been working on storm recovery for the past few weeks, but before the storm hit, they were looking into making a new exhibit, and now they have the check to do it.
"The general fund chairman asked me, 'Is there a project in your district that is near and dear to your heart that we could fund that would be great for the Wiregrass?'," said Alabama State Senator Harri Ann Smith as she presented the check to the Landmark Park staff.
State Senator Harri Ann Smith announced her retirement from office back in April.
As a sort of swan song, the general fund committee wanted to work with her on giving back to the communities she's represented.
She focused her appropriations on education, allocating thousands of dollars to Wiregrass-area school districts over the past few weeks.
Her final check was the biggest - $200,000 for improvements to Landmark Park.
"This wonderful allocation is going to help us re-do our main exhibit in our interpretive center,” said Landmark Park Executive Director William Holman. “It's going to tell the story about the turpentine industry and why settlers first came to the region."
For Senator Smith, the new exhibit in her home community will be something she can look back on and know she played a part.
"Landmark Park is just a special place for the Wiregrass, and it's such an honor today to be able to help everyone be able to secure this $200,000 to go towards further expanding and helping to continue the operations and also to celebrate our bicentennial,” said Smith.
The executive director of the park says they are still in the early stages of developing the new exhibit, and he doesn't want to put out an official date for its release.