A new $2 million upgrade for Georgia’s state parks is one of the first of its kind in the nation, and it’s part of a nationwide effort to keep mosquitoes out of the parks.
The $2-million park improvement project includes building a water fountain, a mosquito repellent lab, a new building to house the mosquito control equipment, and installing mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The state’s parks department also will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local organizations to expand mosquito nets and to monitor the health of park workers.
The mosquito control effort is a joint effort between Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Office of Health and Environmental Management.
The parks department is also partnering with Georgia Department Of Natural Resources.
The parks department says the project will provide more opportunities for visitors to experience Georgia’s diverse parks, including scenic trails, wetlands, wildlife refuges and wildlife habitats.
“Georgia is one state that has been successful in the fight against mosquito control in its state parks,” said Georgia Department Director of Recreation and Parks Brian Jones.
“The park improvements project is part of the ongoing efforts to keep the mosquitoes out.”