Stephens Co. Still Working on Plan For Day Use Area

Stephens County continues preparations to take over the complete operations at the Stephens County Recreation Area from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

County Administrator Phyllis Ayers updated commissioners during their meeting Tuesday on where things stand with those plans.

She said county staff are working to put together a proposed plan for exactly how the county will operate the day use area.

“We are in the process of getting ready to accept the keys and the locks for the Stephens County Park,” said Ayers. “(County staff) had a meeting yesterday and we are getting ready to make our recommendation to you on what we should do as far as locking and unlocking and the bathrooms.”

Last month, Stephens County Commissioners unanimously approved a lease agreement for the Stephens County Park, which is located at the Georgia-South Carolina state line on U.S. Highway 123.

Ayers said last month that operations of the Stephens County Recreation Area will continue as they have been in recent months while the county looked at any proposed changes to operations it might want to consider.

This day use area is the site of the “Broken Bridges.”

It was set for closure by the Corps of Engineers due to budget shortfalls until the county offered to take over operations and maintenance after being asked to do so by a number of county residents.

The city of Toccoa has offered some in-kind services to assist Stephens County in operating and maintaining the day use area and the two sides are continuing to work those details out.