S. W. Overlook Redevelopment
UACED is working with Tri-County Trail Riders and the Sumter County Commission to facilitate the redevelopment and operation of a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers park overlooking the Tombigbee River that has been closed to the public for 20 years. As a well-established and active African-American equestrian education and outreach group, the Tri-County Trail Riders, will operate the S. W. Taylor Overlook as a horsemanship facility open to the public for horseback riding instruction and pleasure riding and will provide resident full-time staffing of the facility, which will once again enable the park to operate. UACED has assisted Tri-County Trail Riders in securing their 501(c)3 tax exempt status, has facilitated the development of a formal master plan for new resident caretaker, camping, and equestrian facilities on the site, and is assisting Tri-County Trail Riders in moving through the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regulatory documentation and review process. Once approval is secured, UACED will work with Tri-County Trail Riders and Sumter County to identify and secure the financial resources to build the improvements.