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Posts Tagged ‘Point Mallard Park’

Some stuff

Posted by alalto on May 23, 2009


Yea, I couldn’t come up with a creative name for this post…

Anyways, anyone know what is going on at the corner of 14th Street and Central Parkway??? I know that there’s obviously a shopping center being built, per the sign out there. But, I never heard any mention of this in the paper or anything. Of course, I’m sure that if I had been reading the council meeting minutes, I’d know, but still…

Other stuff, the Jubilee is in town! I’m hoping that this isn’t a down year, because the city really needs a good tourism year to help make up some deficits that it’s facing.

There really isn’t anything else going on, so, I’ll let everyone go!

OH! We now have our THIRD member on the forum!!!!!! I know, it’s just three, but it’s better than just one or two! Anyways, we need more people to join it so that we can actually start having conversations on it, so it might become interesting! So, here’s the link to it! Go join!

LiveDecatur!!!! Forum

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District 2 race, MorgCo Health Department, and school board elections

Posted by alalto on August 3, 2008


There are five men seeking the seat of the city council District 2.   Of all of them, I did not see a GREAT candidate other than incumbent David Bolding and an unexpected visionary by the name of Jack Gresseman.  The others were less than impressive and seemed to steer away from being partisan on the questions that were asked.  Surprisingly, Gresseman only has a high school diploma and works at the Target Distribution Center in Limestone County.  

I was impressed with Gresseman’s answers though.  He had some pretty good things to say.  He proposed building up entertainment venues in the Sweetwater area of Decatur and constructing a sky lift between Sweetwater and Point Mallard.  That is something that could be really successful IMO.  I remember going to Point Mallard as a little kid and when we were finished swimming, we ALWAYS wanted to go get ice cream.  I have a feeling that a lot of people still feel this way, so people could just hop on the sky lift and head to Sweetwater and maybe go to Coldstone or Marble Slab.  I think it’s an AMAZING idea.

I liked Gresseman, Bolding, and James Tardy’s ideas about downtown redevelopment the best.  Gresseman proposed attracting more bars and eateries downtown to create more foot traffic.  Bolding discusses bringing more employees and students in, which I think is the key to a downtown’s success these days.  And Tardy is a business owner on 2nd Avenue, so I think his insight would be invaluable.

The MorgCo Commission is entering the hunt to aid the MorgCo Health Department find land for a new facility.  Sites being looked at are the Wallace Center on US 31 S in Decatur, sites in Hartselle, and a site along Old Moulton Road, in Moulton Heights, just outside the Decatur city limits.  

I think the Old Moulton Road site would be best.  The property is just outside of Decatur, and the annexation of this property for the health department would aid in annexation processes of the Moulton Heights area, which is a large and moderately populated area of Morgan County that is almost completely surrounded by the city of Decatur.  

District 1 race candidates are making dropouts and a central high school their number 1 platforms.  Mainly discussed was the idea of a central high school.  Personally I like the idea, but the costs would be enormous and there is really no where inside the city where you could build one.  Maybe along Central Parkway, but that’s only if you tear down Decatur Utilities.  Other proposals were to add floors to proposed future buildings at Austin High and adding a third floor to Decatur.  Both of those ideas are the best IMO.  One of the candidates even suggested tearing down Ogle Stadium.  That would be nothing short of pure stupidity.  There’s too much tradition in that stadium.  

Wow, that was a long post.  I still haven’t come up with that catchy slogan, I promise I’ll get back to yah.

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Ever been to Point Mallard???

Posted by alalto on July 30, 2008


Have you?

Cause if you haven’t, I’d recommend you go there before you become one of the ones that goes just because it’s the “cool thing” to do.

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap is desperately looking for funding for improvements on Point Mallard Park. As many of you know, Point Mallard is where “America’s First Wave Pool” lies. Well, for the part that you may not be so familiar with is the increasing revenues that the park is experiencing during this horrible horrible HORRIBLE economic downturn.

I say this with sarcasm because the entire park has seen a revenue increase of 14%. Divided out, that’s 7% for the aquatic center, 9% for the general park, 19% for the golf course, 5% for the ice rink, and 24% for the campground.

Now, that’s grand over all. But, when you realize that the ice rink has not been the most popular attraction in Decatur it becomes pretty gasp-worthy. And the 24% for the campground, that’s just down right outstanding.

Well, Jeff Dunlap is looking for the city council to include in the bond issued for the Sweetwater development, funding for a lazy river ($2 Million). Dunlap is also asking that the city council hand the park $180,000 to provide sewer hookups to the the C and D parts of the campground. The campground is usually booked completely throughout the year by people who are wanting to stay throughout the entirety of the city’s festivals held at the park.

You may be asking, what justifies all this? Well, the fact that the Aquatic Center is the 2nd most popular amusement park in the state might just give you that answer. Also, with the recent downturn in the economy and increasing gas prices, more people are staying closer to home and going to more local attractions.

Dunlap is hoping to capitalize on all of this by allowing the park to continue setting attendance and revenue records, as it has been each year for about the past 5 years.

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