Mammoth Spring State Park completes major renovations

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
A reopening ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday, Aug. 1 at Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center.
Renee Janes

Results of a four month remodel at Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center were revealed at a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on Thursday, Aug.1.

“Arkansas State Parks recently completed a major welcome center restroom renovation at Mammoth Spring State Park. Roughly $60,000 was spent on the project that began in early April and was completed July 31. This project was possible because of the 1/8 cent conservation tax that helps to fund improvements to Arkansas State Parks.

The construction crew consisted of four state park employees known as Operation’s Task Force (OTF) based in Little Rock, Ark. The OTF crew received assistance from the Mammoth Spring State Park Maintenance employees as well as a state park’s electrician and plumber. A custom poured epoxy floor was laid by Total Surface Flooring, which is an Arkansas company.

Park visitors will immediately see improvements over the original restrooms which were constructed in 1987 and dedicated by former Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton. In addition to the restroom remodel, a metal roof and new flooring was installed, as well as improvements in the exhibit, literature and gift shop areas,” was stated in a press release from the park.

During the event, Welcome Center Manager Michael Franklin greeted visitors to the grand reopening of the renovated of the facility.

Visitors had the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled bathrooms and welcome area.

Franklin introduced special guests Jean Pace, Arkansas Tourism Director Jim Dailey and Cathy Drew with Ozark Gateway Region.

“First of all, congratulations to you, staff, team and community for not only what you do every day, but now with this new facility you’re going to be more shining of an example of the excellence that Arkansas represents. I’m proud of you and proud of what we have to offer here, proud to be a part of that,” said Dailey.

“Thank you for all you are doing. God speed and God bless,” said Dailey.

Also, in attendance was Executive Director of the Ozark Gateway Cathy Drew. Drew was recently nominated to the tourism hall of fame. Franklin congratulated her for being recently nominated to the tourism hall of fame and thanked her for all she does.

Mammoth Spring State Park Superintendent Dave Jackson acknowledged those who worked on the renovation.

“We have approximately 350,000 that visit our park and welcome center every year. We are kind of a high visibility park. We are small in acreage and size, but we have quite a bit visitation and quite a bit packed into the small area we have to work with. The key feature of that is the Welcome Center. This is the focal point and where we try to direct people to first and then from there, we can educate them on other options at the park and in the area,” said Jackson.

Approximate figures for the renovation were $60,000 with most of it used to remodel the bathrooms, which were more than 30 years old and outdated.

“It was a complete tear out and complete remodel of everything you can imagine…The main thing was to get it right and a product we would all be proud of and is what we ended up with,” said Jackson.

A video by Adam Davis of Brainstorm Marketing was presented, showcasing before and after photos of the renovations and Spring Dipper Ice Cream was available to visitors thanks to Ozark Gateway Region.

Franklin expressed their appreciation for Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce. “The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce has the best group of businesses and business professionals that participate on a monthly basis to give back to the community,” said Franklin. He thanked Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce President Trena Spears for all of her hard work.

“I want to thank her for all of her hard work and I want to thank you for your contribution folks to the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce from the community,” said Franklin.

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