$90 Million Park Project Underway in Nevada
It's a $90 million project and when it's completed, Mount Charleston's campgrounds and picnic areas will look a whole lot different, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, reported.
"We're really excited to have all this construction going on," said Clarisse Mack, an engineer with the U.S. Forest Service.
By the time the work is completed in 2015, three campgrounds, four picnic areas and three trailheads will undergo renovation and a new visitor's center will be built.
The first phase started July 20 with the closing of the Kyle Canyon Campground. When it reopens in September 2013, it will be a picnic area only.
"There's been new legislation that came out that prohibits renovations in a known 100-year flood plain. We can't rebuild this as a campground so we have to convert it," said Mike Balen with the U.S. Forest Service.
Other campgrounds will be expanded to make up for the lost space that's being eliminated at the Kyle Canyon Campground.
The project is being funded through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.