Hall commissioners vote to begin co-op agreement on three federal parks

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to begin the process of entering into a Cooperative Management Agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to co-manage three federal parks located in Hall County.

“This agreement is an opportunity for Hall County Parks and Leisure to provide excellent local government services to citizens by helping to maintain parks that are already used and frequented by Hall County residents,” Hall County Parks and Leisure Director Brent Holloway said.

Under the Cooperative Management Agreement, which is awaiting final approval by the USACE, Hall County Government would help maintain Bolding Mill, Duckett Mill and Old Federal campgrounds.

The agreement would not grant park ownership to Hall County Government but would instead divvy up maintenance duties and responsibilities between the two entities, giving Hall County control of the day-to-day operations. In return, all revenue would be allocated directly to Hall County Government, rather than being distributed at the federal level.