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Parks Projects

New Ponca pool completed 2016

Nebraska’s state parks are treasured destinations for outdoor recreation and have been for nearly 100 years. In order to keep our state parks, state historical parks and state recreation areas vibrant, beautiful and well-maintained, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been working hard to upgrade aging infrastructure and add new amenities. Expand the blue bars below for a comprehensive list of completed upgrades.

Restrooms and Showers

Restrooms and showers were upgraded or replaced at the following park areas between 2014 and 2016. All restrooms and shower houses on this list are ADA-compliant:

  • Alexandria SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Ash Hollow SHP – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Branched Oak SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Calamus SRA – Shower building replaced with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Chadron State Park – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Cottonwood Lake SRA – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines
  • Enders Reservoir SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Fort Kearny SRA – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines
  • Fremont SRA– ADA compliant pre-cast latrine and ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Gallagher Canyon SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Indian Cave SP – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines and ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Johnson Lake SRA – Shower building replaced with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Lake McConaughy SRA– Shower building replaced with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Lake Minatare SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Lake Ogallala SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine and shower building replaced with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Lewis and Clark Lake SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Long Pine SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Louisville SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine and ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Maloney Reservoir SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Memphis Lake SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Mormon Island SRA – Shower building replace with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Niobrara SP – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine and ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Platte River State Park – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Ponca SP – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines and an ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Red Willow Reservoir SRA – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines
  • Rock Creek Station SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Rockford SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Sandy Channel SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Sherman Reservoir SRA– ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Summit Lake SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine and ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Swanson Reservoir SRA – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines and an ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Two Rivers SRA – Two (2) ADA compliant pre-cast latrines and an ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building
  • Union Pacific SRA – ADA compliant pre-cast latrine
  • Windmill SRA – Shower building replaced with ADA compliant pre-cast shower/latrine building

Electrical Upgrades

Electrical upgrades have been installed at the following locations. All upgraded electrical pedestals can accommodate 20, 30 and 50 amps.

  • Lake Ogallala SRA – 44 pedestals were upgraded thanks to a grant from the Keith County Visitor’s Committee
  • Lake Maloney SRA – 56 pedestals at Kansas Point campground were upgraded
  • Niobrara State Park – Campsites at the park were upgrade and a new cookout shelter was constructed through State Park Improvement and Maintenance funds
  • Fort Kearny SRA – A new ADA-accessible camping pad was installed

The following projects were completed with Title 28 funds from the Bureau of Reclamation

  • Calamus SRA – 39 pedestals were upgraded at Nunda Shoals campground; 24 pedestals were upgraded at Homestead Knolls campground; 10 50-amp pads were added at Valley View campground
  • Lake Minatare SRA – Electrical pedestals were upgraded to 50-amp at the main campground
  • Medicine Creek SRA – Eight electrical pedestals were installed at the Trail #4 campground.
  • Merritt Reservoir – 10 pads at Cedar Bay campground were upgraded to 50-amp; 21 pads at Willow Cove Campground were upgraded to 50-amp; 10 50-amp sites were installed at Boardman Creek campground
  • Swanson SRA – Five electrical pedestals were upgraded to 50-amp service

Water System Upgrades

  • Enders Reservoir SRA – A drinking water well, distribution lines and eight hydrants. This project was made possible with funds from the Title 28 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation
  • Fort Kearny SRA – A pressurized drinking water well was installed
  • Long Pine SRA – A replacement well was installed at the campgrounds
  • Platte River State Park – A water tower was established and the rural water connection and distribution system for the park was updated with funds appropriated in 2014

Other Projects

  • Ponca State Park – In 2016 the 57-year-old swimming pool was replaced with a new ADA-compliant zero-depth entry pool, splash pad, water slide and new restroom and shower house with State Park Improvement and Maintenance Funds as well as Park Cash and Land and Water Conservation Funds. Additionally, a new boat ramp was added at Ponca State Park.
  • Fort Robinson State Park – Donations and NORDA funds allowed for the 2015 construction of a new a duplex-style lodge that combines historical features with modern amenities. The design of the building replicates historic officer’s quarters constructed when Fort Robinson was still used as a fort. Additionally at Fort Robinson: a new roof and siding were added at the Post Playhouse storage facility; decking and porches were replaced at Officer’s Row.
  • Indian Cave State Park – Road improvements including resurfacing of parks roads and new surfacing at the equestrian camping area as well as the road to the boat ramp were completed with the help of Rec Road funds. The construction of a new entry kiosk was completed with funding from the Park Cash fund.
  • Chadron State Park – The audio visual system and lighting at the group meeting facility were upgraded with the installation of new audio visual equipment and acoustic treatment. These upgrades were funded with Park Cash.
  • Eugene T. Mahoney State Park – Audio and visual capabilities were upgraded to include video conferencing. These upgrades were made possible with Park Cash funds.
  • Sandy Channel SRA – Rock surface camping pads were installed with new grills and picnic tables in conjunction with lake and boat access funds. Camping improvements were funded with Park Cash.
  • Dead Timber SRA – Two vault toilets were replaced, new grills and picnic tables were installed and the picnic shelter was repainted funded via Parks Cash.
  • Fort Kearny SRA – A Wastewater lagoon system was completed using deferred maintenance and Land and Water Conservation funds.
  • Arbor Lodge State Historical Park – HVAC system was replaced and an ADA-compliant modern restroom was added at Carriage House. These improvements were made possible with a 2014 legislative appropriation.
  • Summit Lake SRA – Construction of an ADA fishing pier, scheduled for completion in summer 2017, was made possible with donations.
  • Platte River State Park – Shoreline enhancements at Jenny Newman Lake improved angler access. Additionally, modifications were made to the lake’s fresh water supply system. These improvements were funded through a combination of legislative appropriations, aquatic habitat funds and donations.
  • Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area – A new family-friendly shooting range opened to the public in 2016. Also in 2016, the visitor’s center was expanded to include conference rooms and a larger area for exhibits and educational activities. A grand opening for both facilities will be held in 2017.
  • Parks statewide – 155 new picnic tables made from recycled tires were distributed across 19 park areas. The tables were purchased in part with a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Program, which seeks to create a market for recycled tires in Nebraska.