Twenty-nine state park areas will soon temporarily close. Still, a few, limited activities will be available.
Savings from the temporary closing of 29 state park areas should total around $300,000, all to be diverted to a $30 million backlog of maintenance.
“I wouldn’t consider it significant progress, but it’s progress,” Nebraska Parks Division Administrator Roger Kuhn tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Kuhn says the division wants to be more aggressive in tackling deferred maintenance.
“We continue to try to keep things going and repair things as it fails, but at some point, you’re facing a major renovation or replacement,” Kuhn says.
Though services will be cut off temporarily at the 29 areas, day use will be permitted.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says Nebraskans will be able to walk into the 29 areas for activities such as picnics, hiking, and bank fishing during daylight hours.
Signs will be posted, stating that the areas are closed. Still, Nebraskans can park their cars and trucks outside the parks, then walk in. Park permits will be required. Whatever they take in, they need to take out. No restrooms are being maintained. No trash will be picked up.
State Recreational Areas that will close Sept. 16th and reopen May 1st next year are: Blue River, Cheyenne, Conestoga, Cottonwood, Dead Timber, DLD, Keller, Long Lake, Long Pine, North Loup, Olive Creek, Oliver Reservoir, Pelican Point, Riverview Marina, Rock Creek Lake, Sandy Channel, Schramm, Sutherland, Union Pacific, Verdon, Stagecoach, Walgren, and War Axe. Vehicle access to boat ramps will remain open at Riverview, Pelican Point and Sutherland’s Hershey Beach. Alexandria SRA will close Oct. 7 and reopen May 1.
State Historical Parks that will close Sept. 16th and reopen May 1st are: Ash Hollow, Buffalo Bill, and Fort Hartsuff. Arbor Lodge SHP will close Sept. 23 and reopen April 23, and Fort Atkinson SHP will close Oct. 7 and reopen May 1.
Groups can arrange with Game and Parks to open a closed area for a special event.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]