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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 7:00am

Watson Mill A State Park Again

A northeast Georgia recreation area will once again become a state park after its designation was downgraded last year as part of statewide budget cuts.

Watson Mill Bridge will return to its status as a state park after volunteers and local governments contributed $30,000 to help run it.

Watson Mill Bridge had been downgraded from a state park to an outdoor recreation area by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The decision meant that Watson Mill lost two employees and the ability to make reservations — a key to attracting visitors and tourist dollars.

The park spans parts of Madison and Oglethorpe counties, both of which approved funds to help run the park. Watson Mill's Friends of the Park organization is also contributing money.