GAINESVILLE — Construction has started at Lake Lanier on what will be Georgia's newest state park, authorities said.
Don Carter State Park is expected to open in the summer of 2013. The park is on the northeast part of the lake.
The park, which will be Hall County's first state park, will be about 1,040 acres, officials said. It will include 48 camp sites with water and electricity, eight two-bedroom cottages, a visitor center, playgrounds, two boat ramps and a beach/bathhouse in a cove off the Chattahoochee River.
"This is the second state park we've ever built from scratch," said Toby Evans, Northern Region manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, noting that the first one was Chattahoochee Bend in Newnan.
The park is named after Gainesville real estate executive Don Carter, who served nearly three decades on the DNR board.
Area and state dignitaries, including then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, gathered at the park site for a formal groundbreaking ceremony in August 2010.
"It will be a park that will benefit the working class of people," Carter said at the time. "There won't be any golf courses or any big motels. It will be Mother Nature in her splendor."