Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham is closing its demonstration farm and turning that area into a dog park and event space.
The farm will remain open through April 30 as park officials find homes for the remaining animals.
“We understand that the Demo Farm has been a treasured part of Oak Mountain State Park for a long time,” said Scottie Jackson, central district superintendent for Alabama State Parks. “This decision was not taken lightly, but we want to do what is best for the aging animals by making sure we find them happy retirement homes. We’ve always kept the well-being of the animals as a top priority, and that’s why we’ve been careful about who we allowed to adopt these animals.”
Animals at the farm included donkeys, horses, goats, cows and chickens.
The red barn near the park’s main entrance will be renovated into an event space for parties and weddings. Another nearby area will be developed into a dog park.
Park officials say more visitors are coming to Oak Mountain with dogs, and a dog park will be a welcome amenity.
“We understand change isn’t always easy,” said State Parks Director Greg Lein. “But we believe this is in the best interest of the animals and for the future of Oak Mountain State Park. We hope everyone will embrace these new amenities as we continue to improve all of our state parks.”