The Glen Rose City Council met early Saturday morning to tour and render decisions on the future of Oakdale Park, making waves toward the improvement and renovation at the local historical venue.
After touring the facilities and taking a first-hand look, the council approved several repairs, which will jump start the effort to bring the park back to life.
The council approved city staff to proceed with roof repairs and remodeling of the skating rink and office, remodeling cabins and making them a rentable state, the purchase of six new cabins, tearing down the white cabin known as “the cave” due to it being burned and looking at electrical wiring and repair for safety hazards.
The cabins were suggested by Convention and Visitor’s Bureau director Billy Huckabee.
“There is a place in Athens that makes rental cabins,” Huckabee said.
The cabins range in price from $16,000 to $24, 249, the most expensive being a handicapped-accessible facility.
“They use these out at Tres Rios,” Huckabee said. “They pay for themselves in 18 to 24 months.”
Huckabee made several other improvements suggestions, including additional restroom facilities and the construction of 75 to 100 RV sites on the five acres. The additional suggestions were not authorized Saturdays.
Huckabee said the city has a unique opportunity to have something no other city has while garnering public interest and revenue from the park.
“I think when this is up and running it could easily gross $500,000 per year,” Huckabee said. “The big issue is money. It is going to take a lot of money.”