Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announced a number of notable capital improvement projects were made at Alum Creek State Park.
“Alum Creek State Park is a destination for Central Ohio families that enjoy boating, camping, biking and hiking together, but don’t always have the time to travel far from home,” said Zehringer. “We are excited to have the opportunity to help improve their appreciation of the great outdoors with these family-friendly improvements at this great state park.”
Capital improvements included:
•Providing boaters with a redesigned marina with new docks and a new system with room for larger boats;
•Adding more full hookup campsites;
•Updating playground equipment at the beach;
•Renovating the beach house and restrooms;
•Heating the flush restrooms during the winter;
•Installing new picnic tables and grills throughout the park;
•Improving the dog park by adding a group shelter, benches and drinking fountains for dogs;
•Building a new restroom at Howard boat ramp;
•Installing new ADA paddling docks at the Howard boat ramp to improve ADA accessibility for kayakers and canoers;
•Building a new restroom and shelter house near the New Galena boat ramp;
•Sprucing up the Cheshire boat ramp’s ADA fishing deck and adding a shelter house;
•Increasing trail signage; and
•Assessing the parking lots to seal and restripe as needed.
The Hollenback boat ramp opened earlier this month, and it features a new ramp, flush toilets and improved parking.
The Ohio State Parks capital improvement projects, and others like them around the state, are made possible through the support of Governor John Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and the Ohio General Assembly. Ohio State Parks received an unprecedented $88.5 million for capital improvements to strengthen the infrastructure and modernize facilities in the most recent capital budget. Initial estimates for these capital improvements at Alum Creek State Park are approximately more than $4 million.
Ohio is proud to be one of only seven states in the nation where admission to state parks is free.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at < ohiodnr.gov >.