Gov. Dave Heineman today outlined a plan to invest $1.7 million for improvements and expansion at Mahoney State Park in eastern Nebraska and Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area in western Nebraska.
"Tourism is important to Nebraska, and these strategic investments will help meet the current demands at two of our outstanding, popular state parks."
Nebraska's Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas said, "Nebraska's State Park system touches Nebraskans in so many positive ways. We at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission appreciate the opportunity to work with Governor Heineman on these important investments which will provide great dividends for all Nebraskans and our visitors."
McConaughy State Recreation Area will be receiving 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.
In 2010, more than 1 million people visited Mahoney State Park, generating more than $52 million in retail sales. With all trip related expenditures are factored in, the yearly economic impact of Mahoney State Park is nearly $87 million. This economic activity supports more than 800 jobs.
At Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Nebraska's second busiest tourist attraction, the funding will go to expanding deluxe cabins, of which there is a significant demand. 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.
In 2010, nearly 1 million people visited Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area, generating more than $44 million in retail sales. With all trip related expenditures are factored in, the yearly economic impact of Lake McConaughy is more than $73 million. This economic activity supports 950 jobs.
This funding is included in the Governor's currently proposed biennium budget for Fiscal Years 2013 -- 2015.