Other state parks could follow Fall Creek Falls into privatization

An older guest cabin is seen ahead of recently renovated guest cabins at Fall Creek Falls State Park on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Spencer, Tenn. A plan to demolish the park's existing inn and replace it with a new facility that is privately run has apparently been renewed, and the process would take more than 2 years.
photo A housekeeper moves between rooms at the park inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Spencer, Tenn. A plan to demolish the park's existing inn and replace it with a new facility that is privately run has apparently been renewed, and the process would take more than 2 years which would displace the more than 60 current employees.

SPENDING PLAN

State park capital spending proposed in annual budgets under Gov. Bill Haslam› 2017-18: $58.8 million› 2016-17: $54.7 million› 2015-16: $15.9 million› 2014-15: $530,000› 2013-14: $4.2 million› 2012-13: $28.55 million› 2011-12: $11.21 million› 2010-11: $10.56 million

*THE PROJECTS

*2017-18 proposed state park capital projects:$23.07 million, Paris Landing State Park, Henry County: Funds for the demolition of existing inn and the construction of a new inn to include guest rooms, conference and meeting space, and restaurant.$11.68