SPLOST VIII Vote to Impact Elachee
Double the Space, Double the Opportunities
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Hall County citizens will weigh in on SPLOST VIII.
The Chicopee Woods Area Park and Elachee Nature Science Center are fortunate to have been included in the Hall County SPLOST VIII Referendum with a proposed $1 million allocation. Funding will help Elachee construct an additional classroom for school and public programs, allowing for even more individuals in the community to benefit from the Nature Center’s specialized nature-based education. This classroom will be home to Elachee’s 50-seat STARLAB planetarium, as well as provide valuable indoor amenities when planned outdoor educational programming is impacted by inclement weather.
Growing Demand for Environmental Education Programming
Elachee faces competing priorities for its public exhibit space 50 out of 52 weeks each year. Of the 70,000 visitors Elachee serves annually through on-site and outreach education programming and use of the 8-mile hiking trails network in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, more than 20,000 are PreK-12 students who come to the south Hall County campus for field trips and to participate in summer day camps. Elachee’s robust astronomy programming is consistently one of the most requested. However, when in use during school or camp programs, the large STARLAB fills the Nature Center’s exhibit hall, subsequently excluding simultaneous visitor uses.
Through the Hall County SPLOST VIII funding, the planned classroom will allow Elachee to relocate much of its indoor environmental education programming there, thus enhancing access for the visiting public to enjoy the Nature Center exhibits.
SPLOST funds may only be used for capital improvement projects. In fact, the Hall County 1988 SPLOST Referendum constructed the original Elachee museum and classroom building. Since those first buildings were constructed, the Elachee organization has added facilities through private fundraising efforts and independently provides the funding for the use and upkeep of all facilities.
Additional Bonus When Voting “Yes” for SPLOST VIII
Hall County SPLOST VIII also allocates $7 million for trails and greenspace. This funding may be used to continue the connection of the multi-purpose Highlands to Islands Trail connecting the Chicopee Woods Area Park to Gainesville and Oakwood.
Your Vote is Invaluable
Elachee Nature Science Center is a privately owned and operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization promoting environmental understanding through education and conservation across Hall County and the entire north Georgia region. The Elachee Board of Trustees strongly supports the passage of Hall County SPLOST VIII and requests your favorable support.
Hall County Early Voting: October 14 through November 1, 2019
Hall County Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2019