Chickasabogue Park to be Closed to the Public Jan. 31, 2022 for Construction and Renovation
Posted on: Jan 20th, 2022
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – Chickasabogue Park will be closed to the public effective Jan, 31, 2022 for infrastructure and amenity improvements, as approved by the Mobile County Commission at its regular meeting on Dec. 28, 2021.
Chickasabogue Park will be closed to the public until construction and renovation are complete. It’s estimated the park will be closed at least a year.
RV campground reservations are currently not being accepted. While the park is closed, residents should note that the nearest alternate boat launch is at William Brooks Park, located at 601 US-43, Chickasaw, AL 36611.
Park renovation includes infrastructure work like water, sewer and roadwork as well as construction of an events and interpretive center, playground/splash pad area, RV campground, parking areas, boat ramp, additional disc golf holes, and new restroom facilities. Once it reopens, Chickasabogue will have improved amenities including its trails, basketball courts, restrooms, pavilions, RV camping sites and generally enhanced park infrastructure.
“Due to its size, multiple uses and conservation impact, Chickasabogue Park has long been the crown jewel of Mobile County parks,” said District 1 Commissioner Merceria Ludgood. “The improved facilities and expanded amenities will only enhance its many uses and I look forward to its reopening.”
Chickasabogue Park is an 1,100-acre outdoor recreation facility and wildlife refuge in Eight Mile, Alabama. The park is less than 15 minutes from downtown Mobile and provides a wide variety of outdoor activities in a natural setting while protecting the environment and preserving the diversity of indigenous plants and animals. The park has about 17 miles of hiking and biking trails, a disc golf course, sports fields, a boat launch, RV campgrounds, and a beach on Chickasabogue Creek, which connects the park to Mobile Bay.
Chickasabogue Park improvements are part of Mobile County Commission’s multi-year, $40 million parks improvement initiative that includes $35 million for increased public access to water.
Mobile County Commission’s parks improvement initiative is made possible through funding generated by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Authorized uses of GOMESA funds, generated through Alabama’s offshore oil and gas drilling leases, include conserving, protecting and mitigating the impact of such activity by implementing a federally-approved conservation plan. Part of the local conservation plan is to increase public access to shoreline recreational areas, such as along the Chickasabogue Creek.