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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Public Input Requested New Business Service Plan

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Date: July 11, 2011
Contact: Kelly Chang, 678-538-1227
Contact: William Gordon, Jr., 678-538-1227

Johnson Ferry North pavilion
Pavilion at Johnson Ferry available for commercial space.

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is seeking public input on potential changes to commercial service operations in the park.Commercial services are businesses operating in the park that provide services or activities to visitors, such as food vendors, guides, and rentals.

The park is preparing a study, termed a Commercial Services Strategy, to identify opportunities to enhance the park’s mission and the visitor experience through public/private partnerships. The purpose of the study is to:

  • Describe the desired future conditions of the park for visitor use and private business;
  • Analyze potential business opportunities as recommended by visitors, volunteers, current business operators, park staff, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Create a tool for quickly and easily evaluating existing and potential businesses;
  • Prioritize business opportunities and outline an action plan for potential implementation.

More detailed information on the development of the Commercial Services Strategy for the park can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/chat/parkmgmt/commercial-services-strategy.htm.

For further information, or to provide feedback, please contact Kelly Chang, or William Gordon, Jr. at 678-538-1227, or via email at kelly_chang@nps.gov or william_gordon@nps.gov. Comments will be accepted starting Friday, July 8, 2011 and ending Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.