State Park Spokesperson Speaks to Privatization Concerns

A spokesperson for the Tennessee State Park system trying to allay fears by many that proposed privatization efforts could diminish services and programs at the popular Fall Creek Falls State Park. This following a meeting Tuesday of concerned park employees and families from Van Buren and Bledsoe counties. Park system communications director Kelly Brockman says plans to contract out some operations would not affect core operations at fall creek falls. Brockman says rangers, interpretive programs, pools and other park features would remain in place. Brockman says the state is considering a private contractor to take over operation of the park’s restaurant, inn, rental cabins and golf course. The new private operator could be selected next spring and take over hospitality operations in august. State employees are opposed to privatization, saying it could cost jobs.

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