Pennsylvania Upgrading Two State Parks
Two popular Pennsylvania state parks that date from the 1930s are upgrading their facilities for the 2008 camping season.
Ten cabins recently were renovated with new flooring and new furniture and four new restrooms were completed to replace the old latrine system at the Pymatuning State Park near Jamestown, Pa., according to the Meadville (Pa.) Tribune.
Renovations also are being made at many camper sites to make them larger — taking them to a minimum of 55 feet in length. Many of the camper units were built in the 1950s and ’60s. But today’s recreational vehicles are much longer than those of 50 years ago and the need to expand is evident.
Sites include an area for picnic tables, but some areas are quite muddy, causing problems during rainy weather. Gravel is being added to allow people better spaces to have their picnics as well as to allow the outdoor seating area under an awning.
The park straddles the state’s border with Ohio. The park attracted more than 3 million visitors in 2007.
Meanwhile, a major construction project is expected to begin this summer at Clear Creek State Park in Jefferson County, located 50 miles east of Pymatuning.
Upgrades will include a modern restroom building with showers and flush facilities in the campground, two modern comfort stations in the cabin area and extensive upgrades to the park's aging water and sewage systems, according to the Oil City (Pa.) Derrick.
The rustic cabins, yurts, family campground and canoe launch will be open to the public from April 11 to June 13, then will remain closed for the duration of construction. During the season, as construction allows, parts of the overnight areas may be reopened to visitors on a first come, first served basis.