Wind Creek State Park was originally a private recreation facility for Russell Corporation employees and their families. Mr. Robert A. Russell, the founder and director of Wind Creek, began to see the need to open the recreation area to the general public.  After his death in 1969, the State of Alabama purchased the area with the strict stipulation that the park would be completely renovated and operated as a State Park.  Wind Creek State Park became a reality due to the dedication of Robert A. Russell's love for nature and the preservation of its natural resources. On May 29, 1982 the park was re-opened to the public after being closed for a $5 million dollar, three year renovation.  All old facilities were completely removed and new designs were built.