Florence parks & rec department closes McFarland Pier


Treasure Franklin | Staff Photographer

The McFarland Pier at McFarland Campground in Florence, Ala.

Emma Tanner, News Editor

Florence closed down the fishing pier at McFarland Campground on Sept. 2, 2022.

“Until further notice, the fishing pier at McFarland Campground is closed,” read a statement from Florence Parks and Recreation Director Bill Jordan. “As disappointing as it may be, this decision was made out of genuine care and concern for the safety and well-being of those who utilize the pier. We appreciate your patience as we work to determine a best course of action moving forward.”

Aside from the mention of safety, no real explanation has been given in regards to the nature of the closing. The pier is believed to have been a part of McFarland park since the 1970s and has been recently examined by engineers.

Reports from the TimesDaily say that the pier may be replaced. The city will consult with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to develop a plan, as Florence leases the property from TVA.

“I know how important this pier is to so many, but I am confident we are taking the right steps to ensure the safety of each individual who utilized it,” Mayor Betterton said in a statement. “Until further notice, it will remain closed for inspection and repair.”