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Cabins in Oklahoma state parks being renovated

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The state Tourism Department is spending $1.9 million on a project to repair and renovate decades-old cabins at Oklahoma's state parks.

The renovation project is in its final phase on the cabins, built during the Depression in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The project encompasses 180 cabins at seven state parks — Beavers Bend, Great Salt Plains, Boiling Springs, Roman Nose, Keystone, Tenkiller and Lake Murray.

Earlier this month, the state Tourism Commission approved spending $996,800 to upgrade furnishings at 56 cabins in Lake Murray State Park in far southern Oklahoma. Hardy Watkins, the commission's executive director, said those renovations should be done by the end of 2009.

"I'm a big believer in the historic cabins, but I don't think the furniture should be historic," Watkins said. "One of the things the Legislature wanted to see us do was improve the public's experience at public facilities. We're on track with that. We're paying attention to the large needs we have and we want to create the most positive experience possible."

Some of the furniture in the cabins is almost 25 years old. Those items will be replaced with LCD televisions, energy efficient appliances, ceiling fans and wood furniture.

The cabins are popular with tourists, with the peak season for rentals lasting from March through November. Prices during that time ranging from $55 to $110, depending on a cabin's size and location. Off-peak rental fees range from $43 to $98.

Those fees will rise $5 to $10 for the cabins with new furnishings.

"We really have a beautiful park system and it's a diverse system," Watkins said. "We're really pleased to know that we're creating opportunities for people to get the outdoor experience and improving the experience for our longtime visitors."

The funding for the cabin improvements comes from the state's general fund.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com


Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

 

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