Snow show canceled at mountain

LAWRENCEVILLE - A winter wonderland years in the making has been canceled in response to Georgia's historic drought.

Last week, Stone Mountain Park leaders halted snow production on Coca-Cola Snow Mountain, a new feature that was supposed to use more than 200 tons of the white stuff daily.

After being criticized for using DeKalb County water for the project, a Park spokeswoman announced Thursday that other methods for creating a 2-foot-thick layer of ice at the foot of the laser show lawn had been rejected.

"We looked at using lake water, we looked at trucking water in from other states that have a surplus of water," Christine Parker said. "We could have feasibly done it, but when all's said and done, we've done what's right. We want to be a good steward to the community."

Canceling the attraction has had a $3,000 to $5,000 impact on the park, Parker said. People who already purchased tickets will receive a full refund. Snow Mountain had been planned for three years, but Parker said it may return in the future.

She said the annual Stone Mountain Christmas event will continue, with a new Polar Express attraction, two live shows and twice the number of lights.