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State parks getting $88.5 million in upgrades

State parks getting $88.5 million in upgrades

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The state is investing $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's state parks over the next two years.

"We're really looking forward to spending this capital money and improve state parks throughout the state of Ohio," said Ohio Department of Natural Resources director James Zehringer.

The funding is more than four times larger than average. Details were announced in Grand Lake St. Mary's on Wednesday.

Zehringer said the money will be shared among Ohio's 74 state parks.

"Many of them have aged facilities and infrastructures," he said.

Through a website, parks visitors will help decide which camp sites, cabins, lodges, restrooms, shower houses, trails, roads and wastewater treatment facilities see improvements.

Last year, 2.3 million people spent at least one night in an Ohio State Park campground, cottage, cabin or lodge. Ohio's is one of only seven park systems nationally that charges no entry fees.

 

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