Demopolis City Landing, a new waterfront recreation facility with multiple boat launches, parking lots, pavilions and docks, has state and local officials poised to host major fishing tournaments and other lucrative events in western Alabama.
Governor Kay Ivey recently joined representatives, residents and supporters from Demopolis and Marengo County to open the facility on the banks of the Tombigbee River.
“Working together, the State Department of Conservation, the city and the county brought this $3 million investment to western Alabama that will bring millions of dollars in economic benefits to our Black Belt region,” Ivey said.
Demopolis Mayor Woody Collins also promoted the close coordination of all partners in the creation of Demopolis City Landing.
“So many people were involved in this project and I’m proud of the collaboration,” said Collins. “This project required seven separate federal, state, county and city government agencies, and together we made it happen.”
Chris Blankenship, Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), said fishing is growing in popularity and Demopolis City Landing offers a premier venue for hosting tournaments of all sizes on the Tombigbee and Black Warrior rivers.
“With spectacular fishing and all the different waterways, the demand for boating and public access has gone through the roof here in Demopolis,” Blankenship said. “Neither of us had the money to undertake this project alone, but together we found a way to make it happen.
“Public access for all types of outdoor recreation is a priority for me as commissioner, and projects are underway across the state. I’m very proud of this project,” added Blankenship.
In addition to ADCNR, support for Demopolis City Landing came from the Marengo County Commission, the City of Demopolis, the Marengo County Economic Development Authority, the Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board, and the Demopolis Parks and Recreation Board.
Marengo County Commissioner Jason Windham reported on the determination of all parties that have united around the project over the past two years.
“The core of this project was the urge not to give up because it would be a home run for Demopolis,” Windham said. He said support for the project also came through grants from business partners and donations of services, materials and equipment from the community.
For example, a partnership between Alabama Power and BASS supported the construction of a new pavilion for tournament organizers to conduct weigh-ins.
Ivey said the world-class project isn’t just a collaborative model; It also shows how Alabama is capitalizing on its rich natural and recreational resources to help grow the economy and improve the quality of life.
“Demopolis City Landing isn’t an end, it’s a beginning…” Ivey said. “This facility will be hard to beat, but I look forward to seeing what Demopolis City Landing brings to the entire state.”
(Courtesy of the Alabama NewsCenter)
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