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Statewide Park Improvement Projects

In order to keep our 76 state parks, state historical parks and state recreation areas vibrant, beautiful and well-maintained, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission continually works to upgrade aging infrastructure and add new amenities, in addition to performing regular maintenance on infrastructure.

Our 10-year capital maintenance plan prioritizes critical infrastructure needs so we can ensure our parks and facilities meet current safety and functionality standards, as well as the demand for new experiences.

Learn more about these projects by exploring our ongoing and completed improvements below.

Ongoing Park Projects

The following park projects are under development:

Alexandria SRA
  • New precast vault latrine
  • New south dike design
Arbor Lodge SHP
  • Mansion renovations, including shutter replacements, portico plaster and painting
Ash Hollow SHP
  • Building removal
Bowring Ranch SHP
  • Window replacements
Branched Oak SRA
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Wastewater lagoon installation
Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP
  • Mansion renovations, including porch improvements and window installations
Chadron SP
  • ADA-compliant camping pad and electrical upgrades
  • New shower house
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Installation of new playground equipment
  • Construction of new shooting range building
  • Cabin upgrades
Enders Reservoir
  • ADA-compliant camping pad installation
Fort Atkinson SHP
  • New park entrance
  • Replacements for worn logs
Fort Kearny SHP
  • Electrical upgrades
  • New precast vault latrine
Fort Robinson SP
  • New precast vault latrines
  • Installation of new playground equipment
  • Maintenance shop upgrades
  • Red Cloud campground expansion
  • Cabin upgrades
Fremont Lakes SRA
  • Lake Leba dike repair
  • Victory Lake erosion prevention improvements
Indian Cave SP
  • Boardwalk project
  • Museum building renovations
  • New precast vault latrine near boat ramp
  • New precast vault latrine near cave
  • New precast vault latrine near Riverfront Road
Lake McConaughy SRA
  • ADA-compliant campground upgrades
  • New ADA-compliant concrete vault latrine
  • Area improvements
  • Arthur Bay shower replacement
  • Cedar View campground improvements
  • Cedar View shower replacements
  • Motor boating access/trail
  • Traffic counting system
Lake Minatare
  • Lakeview campground electrical upgrades
Lewis & Clark SRA
  • Boat ramp installation
  • Restroom removal
  • Septic system design repair
Louisville SRA
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Small craft boat dock installation
Eugene T. Mahoney SP
  • Cabin 8 renovations
  • Cabin 28 renovations
  • Elevator modernization
  • Group Rental Facility
  • New precast vault latrines
  • James Family Conservatory improvements
  • Erosion prevention project
Merritt Reservoir SRA
  • Cedar Bay Shelter
Mormon Island SRA
  • Sewer lagoon collection system repairs
Niobrara SP
  • Dump station enhancement and repairs
  • Cabin upgrades
Pawnee SRA
  • Electrical upgrades
  • New shower building installation
  • New precast vault latrines
Platte River SP
  • ADA-compliant duplex renovations
  • Two shelter installations
  • Natural playground installation
  • Cost summary to install fiber
  • Platte River Trail Project
Ponca SP
  • Boat ramp repairs
  • Renovate landscapes at the entrance of Ponca State Park, including adding fill and topsoil to identified areas; planting trees, shrubs and perennials; removing of power poles; trail work; constructing of a small shelter; patio addition to Towers in Time; and other landscape features
Red Willow SRA
  • Indoor Airgun Range development
Riverview SRA
  • Silt removal
  • New precast vault latrine
Rock Creek Station SHP
  • Station bridge
Schramm Park SRA
  • Install yurts
Sherman Reservoir SRA
  • Archery range
Smith Falls SP
  • Deck replacement
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Shower house replacement
Stagecoach
  • New precast vault latrine
Sutherland SRA
  • New precast vault latrine
Swanson Reservoir SRA
  • New precast vault latrine
Two Rivers SRA
  • ADA-improvements to offices
  • Sewage treatment repairs and improvements
Victoria Springs SRA
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Electrical upgrades
  • New precast vault latrine
Wildcat Hills SRA
  • Roof repair
Windmill SRA
  • Archery range
  • East well Repair
  • Sewer lagoon and collection system repairs

Completed Projects

Projects were completed at all of our parks and recreations areas between 2014 and 2020. They include:

Alexandria SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Arbor Lodge SHP
  • New shutters, portico plaster, and painting at the mansion
  • HVAC system replaced
  • ADA-compliant modern restroom
Ash Hollow SHP
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Bluestem SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Branched Oak SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Bridgeport SRA
  • Latrine at swimming beach area upgraded with ADA-compliant features
  • Group fire rings and special event bleachers and platform
  • Entrance signs installed
  • Three horseshoe pits installed
Box Butte Reservoir
  • New precast vault latrine installed at the main campground
Buffalo Bill SHP
  • Barn roof refinished
  • Hardwood floors refinished in mansion
  • Porches and railings on mansion rebuilt
Calamus SRA
  • Installed two boat docks with ADA-accessible railings
  • Replaced shower building with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Installed two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • 63 campground pedestals upgraded
  • 10 50-amp camp pads added
Chadron SP
  • Updated six camping pads to meet ADA standards
  • Updated 25 camping pads to 50-amp service
  • Built ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Renovated Cabin 106 for ADA-accessibility
  • Improved cabins
  • Updated plumbing in group cabins
  • Audio visual system and lighting at group meeting facility upgraded
Conestoga SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Cottonwood Lake SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Danish Alps SRA
  • ADA-compliant cement walkway
  • ADA-compliant fishing pier
  • ADA-compliant fish cleaning station
Dead Timber SRA
  • Two vault toilets replace
  • New grills and picnic tables installed
Enders Reservoir SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Upgraded all pedestals to 50-amp
  • Drinking water well, distribution lines and eight hydrants installed
  • Five target archery ranges installed
Eugene T. Mahoney SP
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Facility audio and visual capabilities upgraded
Fort Hartsuff SHP
  • New roofs on Quartermaster’s Storehouse, Quartermaster’s Stable and Commanding Officer’s Quarters
  • Chimneys tucked on Storehouse, Laundress Quarters, Stables, Officers Quarters, Commanding Officer’s Quarters and Hospital
Fort Kearny SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • New ADA-accessible camping pad
  • Pressurized drinking water well installed
  • New two-lane dump station
  • Wastewater lagoon system installed
Fort Robinson State Park
  • Replaced siding on Buffalo Barracks
  • Reroofed Firehall, Barn 105 and 106
  • Porch roof replacement
  • Post Playhouse updated HVAC
  • HVAC in Bricks group lodging facilities
Fremont Lakes SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Sewer system upgrade at Victory Lake shower houses and dump station
Fort Atkinson SHP
  • Replaced logs and repaired west wall of the fort
Fort Robinson State Park
  • Upgrades to the exterior of the Adobe buildings
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Electrical and HVAC upgrade in 309 Building
  • New duplex-style lodge combining historical features with modern amenities
  • New roof and siding added at the Post Playhouse storage facility
  • Decking and porches replaced at Officer’s Row
Gallagher Canyon SRA
  • Boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Johnson Lake SRA
  • Wildlife viewing blind installed
Indian Cave SP
  • New vault latrines
  • Upgrade shower house to meet ADA regulations
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • New ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • 44 new 50-amp pedestals installed
  • Upgraded water system
  • Road improvements to park and equestrian camping area
  • New gatehouse
Johnson Lake SRA
  • Shower building replaced with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Lake Maloney SRA
  • 56 pedestals at Kansas Point campground upgraded
Lake McConaughy SRA
  • Added ADA-compliant campsites
  • Renovated shower buildings and restroom facilities at four campground areas
  • Improved sanitary sewer, expanding trailer dump stations and building two wastewater treatment lagoons
  • Completed three new campgrounds with a total of 170 sites and updated electrical at 42 sites
  • Added two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • Added six ADA-compliant constructed latrines
  • Expanded Visitor’s Center Nature Trail
  • Expanded contracted services for refuse removal and portable restrooms
  • New gatehouses installed
  • Angler access improvements made
  • New boat docks installed, one with ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch
  • Upgraded fish cleaning stations
  • Pollinator gardens established at the Outdoor Discovery Area at the Lake McConaughy Water Center
  • The Ethel Abbott Theater, Balancing Unlimited Needs topographic display and Water for Communities displays were upgraded with new automated audio/visual systems
Lake Minatare SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building and ADA-compliant constructed latrine
  • Upgraded 62 campground sites to 50-amp
  • Electrical pedestals upgraded to 50-amp at main campground
Lake Ogallala SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • Angler access improvements, including an ADA-accessible sidewalk, accessible gangway and stairwell access
  • Shower and latrine replaced with ADA compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • 44 pedestals upgraded
  • 82 sites at Lake Ogallala Campground upgraded to 50-amp
  • New gate house installed
  • ADA-compliant floating fishing bridge installed
  • Fish cleaning station upgraded
Lewis and Clark SRA
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Long Pine SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Replacement well installed at campgrounds
Louisville SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine and ADA compliant precast shower/latrine building
Maloney Reservoir SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Medicine Creek SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • 44 sites upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Eight electrical pedestals installed
  • New transformer installed
  • Four new hydrants installed
  • Nine-hole disc golf course added
  • Four target archery ranged installed
Merritt Reservoir SRA
  • Constructed new large group shelter
  • 41 pads upgraded to 50-amp
Memphis SRA
  • Installed 18 new 50-amp electrical campsites
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Mormon Island SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Shower building renovated with LED lighting, new siding, and improved shower stalls
  • Maintenance shop resided
Niobrara SP
  • Cabin upgrades
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Campsites upgraded
  • New cookout shelter constructed
Pawnee SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Platte River SP
  • Cabin upgrades
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • Water tower established and rural water connection and distribution system updated
  • Shoreline enhancements improved angler access
  • Water supply system modifications
Ponca SP
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • ADA-compliant zero-depth entry pool, splash pad, water slide and new restroom and shower house installed
  • New boat ramp
Red Willow Reservoir SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • 33 pedestals upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Two 400-amp panels installed
Rock Creek Lake SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • New boat ramp and dock
Rock Creek SHP
  • New lagoon and septic system
Rock Creek Station SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
Rockford SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Sandy Channel SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
  • Rock-surface camping pads installed with new grills and picnic tables
  • Camping improvements
Sherman Reservoir SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Smith Falls SP
  • Removed and replaced roof on the office and shop
Stagecoach SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Summit Lake SRA
  • Boat dock replacement
  • Campground expansion to include 13 updated camping pads
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine and ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • ADA-compliant fishing pier
Swanson Reservoir SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Five electrical pedestals upgraded to 50-amp service
  • Four target archery ranges installed
Two Rivers SRA
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
  • ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building
  • Upgrade bathrooms, kitchens, and cupolas lodging cabooses
Union Pacific SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Verdon SRA
  • New vault latrines
Wagon Train SRA
  • ADA-compliant precast latrine
Walgren SRA
  • Installed new vault latrine
  • Replaced boat dock
  • Repaired fishing pier
Wildcat Hills SRA
  • Family-friendly shooting range installed
  • Visitor’s center expanded to include conference rooms and a larger area for exhibits and educational activities.
Willow Creek SRA
  • Installed boat dock with ADA-accessible railings
  • Two ADA-compliant precast latrines
Windmill SRA
  • Shower building replaced with ADA-compliant precast shower/latrine building

Other improvements have included:

  • 403 new grills and 401 new picnic tables, including ADA grills and tables, from Cornhusker State Industries were distributed to 23 park areas statewide for campsite additions and to replace damaged items. In addition, 353 new picnic tables made from recycled tires were distributed across 35 park areas.
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance, including common repairs and paint

Project funding sources

These projects are funded through one or a combination of the following resources:

  • Park Cash Fund, money generated from Game and Parks user fees from park entry permits, lodging, camping, activities, equipment rentals and facility rentals for improvement, maintenance and operation of the state park system.
  • The Capital Maintenance Fund, established by the Nebraska Legislature in 2016 to help preserve Nebraska’s public outdoor recreation facilities and parklands.
  • The Nebraska Outdoor Recreational Development Act Cash Fund, approved by the Nebraska Legislature in 1980, with a portion of the taxes collected funding park maintenance and improvements.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund, established by the U.S. Congress in 1964 to safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.
  • Title 28 funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • The 309 Task Force for Building Renewal program through Nebraska
  • Nonprofit, state, or agency support or grants from the Keith County Visitor’s Committee; the Papio Missouri Natural Resources District; the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; the University of Nebraska’s Water for Food Institute; the Nebraska Water Center Foundation; the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality through the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Program; aquatic habitat funds; and/or legislative appropriations.

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