February 10, 2016

Governor’ proposed budget includes $1.7-million for improvements at two state parks

Investing in Nebraska’s parks is good for the state. Governor Dave Heineman outlined a plan that would invest $1.7-million for improvements and expansion at Mahoney State Park and Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. The money is included in his proposed biennium budget for Fiscal Years 2013 through 2015.

McConaughy State Recreation Area would receive improvements to Lone Eagle and Cedar Vue campgrounds. At Lone Eagle, campers will enjoy full service capabilities at 84 sites that provide water and sewage hook-ups, in addition to 50 amp electrical hook-ups. The project will also allow upgrades to the Cedar Vue campground providing 20 full service sites, 40 electrical sites, and new equestrian friendly accommodations at 35 of these 60 sites.

At Eugene T. Mahoney State Park funding will go to expanding three deluxe cabins that include six bedrooms, three bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, great room, dining room and deck. Lodging in the new cabins would be available year round.

. The luxurious six bedroom cabins are modern full service units, which sleep twelve and are outfitted with a queen bed and vanity, giving each room privacy and comfort. Each cabin features three full bathrooms, a great room with a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and dining and a deck offering scenic views. These lodging units will be available year-round and will greatly enhance one of Nebraska’s premiere state parks.

Mahoney State Park generated more than $52-million in retail sales in 2010 and with trip related spending the park’s economic impact was nearly $87-million with more than one-million visitors.

In 2010 nearly one-million people visited Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area generating more than $44-million in retail sales and with trip related expenditures added the yearly economic impact totaled more than $73-million.

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