Recreation opportunities in Cordova are increasing thanks to the city's ongoing partnership with the Walker County Health Action Partnership.
The Cane Creek access point on Gardner's Gin Road has attracted many visitors since opening earlier this year — so many that the police department recently installed digital signs around the launch to crack down on speeding in the area.
"We want that to be a good recreation area. Frankly, it can't be a safe area if we are driving fast through there," Mayor Drew Gilbert told council members at a June meeting.
The new access point is part of the Walker County Waterways Project, an effort to connect 31 miles of navigable streams by 2019. Funding is provided by a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
Improvements are also planned at Disney Lake, which city leaders hope will become a recreation hub in the near future.
The Alabama Power Foundation has provided $15,000 to construct an 8-foot by 40-foot fishing pier to replace a smaller pier that was torn down several years ago. An additional $20,000 from the Walker Area Community Foundation will be used to improve the parking area, create a kayak staging area and install storyboards that tell the history of Disney Lake, which opened in 1921.
Site-prep at Disney Lake has already begun, and construction of the pier is expected to begin next week.
The Walker County Waterways Project is part of HAP's mission to encourage active living.
"We're busy building infrastructure in our community, creating opportunities for people to recreate. One of the most important things for us is creating opportunities for people to have free access for physical activity," HAP's Jenny Short told Cordova City Council members in December.