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Ohio Plans to Spend $88 Million on State Park Upgrades

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

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Hocking Hills State Park (Photo: Thomas Ramsey, Wikimedia Commons)

If you enjoy using Ohio’s state parks, you might be able to also enjoy some new upgrades to those facilities in the future. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Eileen Corson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the state is investing millions into the state park facilities.

Corson: “Ohio State parks is receiving an unprecedented $88.5 million for capital improvement to Ohio state parks over the next two years. This is out of the capital budget, the capital budget for the next two years.”

Ingles: “And so tell me, what will the state parks be able to do with all of this money?”

Corson: “Well, first of all, I want everyone to know that we are looking for their input as well. We want to hear their ideas. But we are going to take this money and invest in state park infrastructure, so we’re looking at our water facilities, but we’re also looking at renovating our lodges, modernizing our campgrounds. So, for example, a lot of the RVs now, the larger RVs need a pull-through campsite. So we’ll be expanding some of our campsites to accommodate those larger RV’s, as well as upgrading electric and our bathhouses and shower facilities.”

Corson says Ohioans can go to ODNR’s website to vote on the improvements they’d like to see happen at the state’s 74 parks throughout Ohio.  She says Ohio is one of only seven states in the nation that does not have any sort of entrance fee into its state parks. Corson says the state is committed to keeping its parks free to visitors in the future. 

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