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Chehaw makes a new start

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - What's in a name? Leaders at a South Georgia attraction say a fresh start and a new push toward self-sufficiency.

The huge sign that says "The Parks At Chehaw" on Philema Road will soon be replaced. Park officials announced a new name, slogan and image. The park will now simply be known as Chehaw with a new slogan of "Nature's Playground."

"We've been working for quite some time on changing the way we operate out here. We've been gradually moving our operations away from the city so we're not so much like a city department and just this year we pulled all of the personnel out of the city's system. So we're really operating more like an independent agency and thought it was time that we really hit the Chehaw brand," said Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter.

Park managers say attendance is up slightly since the new Meerkat exhibit opened. Other changes are in the works to try to make the park more visitor-friendly including an animal expedition ride courtesy of Jim Fowler.

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