Friday, January 23, 2009

State Park Campground Renovations Near Completion

Times-Journal - Fort Payne,AL,USA
Desoto State Park campgrounds are expected to partially re-open on March 13 after being closed since February 2008 for renovations.

Superintendent Ken Thomas said campers will be pleased.

“Any new campers and all regular campers will be very surprised and pleased with what we’ve done,” Thomas said. “In the improved campgrounds, all 94 sites are being widened by about 16 feet and lengthened to around 60 feet. They will have electric hookups and 50-amp service, which is an upgrade from 30-amp service.

“All of the old power lines and wiring have been beefed up. In the winter we would have to close part of the campground because of freezing but all of the spickets have been replaced with non-freezing spickets.”

The whole water system was replaced as well.

“There will be two brand new bathhouses that will feature coin-operated laundries,” Thomas said. “In the past, campers had to drive a mile and a half just to do their laundry.”

Thomas said one comfort station, 34 back-in sites, 23 pull-thru sites and one buddy site would open in March. The remaining camping sites are expected to open in April.

Thomas said the park will start taking reservations for the partial campground immediately.

For more information or to make reservations, call 845-5075.
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