The town of Brookside continues its slow recovery after the devastating floods of 2003, and now is doing its best to take advantage of Five Mile Creek — the body of water that swept away a large portion of the older part of the town center.
The town opened a new campground in the past year, with 21 campsites. All have full hookups for water, sewer and electricity; seven sites have 50-amp service to handle the largest motor homes.
The campground is located in a tree-filled grove next to the city’s ball parks, near the creek’s Horseshoe Bend. It even features an old-fashioned “swimmin’ hole,” complete with a rope dangling from a tree for swinging out into the water.
A recent weekday afternoon found the campground about one-third full, with everything from full-size motor homes to a tent camper with a hammock strung between two trees.
“We had a family from Gardendale stay here for six weeks this summer,” said Mayor Roger McCondichie, who oversees the campground.
The campground features new showers, installed in the building which served as the concession stand and press box for the three ball fields in the city park.
The facility is next to Brookside’s municipally-owned canoe expedition outfit, Five Mile Creek Canoe Company, which McCondichie also manages. On pretty much any day in the summer, you’ll find him out of his mayor’s office at the new city hall, and instead down at the creek to put in another canoeing party.
The town continues to be serviced by its new post office branch, which opened a couple of years ago in a building next to city hall.