Working Towards a New Recreational Facility

For more than three decades, Grady County officials have been working to get the old Tired Creek Lake project off the ground. Officials say they've exhausted the funds that were set aside for the project, but they aren't throwing in the towel yet.

Residents and officials say the site will bring more recreation, an economic boost and also potential for growth, and Grady County officials say they're in the home stretch of this lengthy project.

Some Grady County residents say they been longing for a recreational facility on tired creek for as long as county officials have been pushing for it.

"I'd like to see it here. It would be good for the counties and surrounding counties too, there will be a lot of recreation for us and it would bring some money into the county," says Cairo resident Tommy Curtis.

Grady County's administrator says making this blueprint a reality means obtaining a permit, which involves a lot time and money. The good news: officials are half way through the process.

"We have expended almost $400,000 to get to this point. We figure we estimate it would cost another half a million to finalize the process," says Rusty Moye, a county administrator.

Recently, county officials were recommended to apply for a grant through the One Georgia Authority, which is money set aside only for identifying new jobs in the area, so officials weren't surprised when their application was denied.

"We knew the permit process did not do that, it was really no big surprise, but mainly an avenue," adds Moye.

"I think we need to keep pursing because it would be a great thing," says Tommy Curtis.

County officials share in that sentiment and remain hopeful, but realize the price that comes with following through with the project. Rusty Moye says the county will reapply for the funding through "One Georgia" in the future to help complete the permitting process.

This project costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The money has been set aside from money generated through timber harvest, hunting permits and land rentals on Tired Creek and officials will continue to rely on that money for the project.