The commissioners say the closings will allow the redirection of department staffers to help reduce more than $30 million in deferred maintenance. That also will help the state comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and environmental concerns.
State Recreation Areas that will close Sept. 16 and reopen May 1, 2014 are: Blue
River, Cheyenne, Conestoga, Cottonwood, Dead Timber, DLD, Keller, Long
Lake, Long Pine, North Loup, Olive Creek, Oliver Reservoir, Pelican
Point, Riverview Marina, Rock Creek Lake, Sandy Channel, Schramm,
Sutherland, Union Pacific, Verdon, Stagecoach, Walgren, and War Axe.
Vehicle access to boat ramps will remain open at Riverview, Pelican
Point and Sutherland's Hershey Beach.
State Historical Parks that will close Sept. 16 and reopen May 1, 2014 are: Ash
Hollow, Buffalo Bill, and Fort Hartsuff. The closure of Arbor Lodge SHP
in Nebraska City will be delayed until Sept. 23, following the Applejack
Festival, and will reopen April 23, 2014 for the Arbor Day celebration.
Fort Atkinson SHP and Alexandria SRA will close Oct. 7 and reopen May 1, 2014.
Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas says these closures are necessary to reduce the funding challenges facing the Nebraska State Park System.
He said, "Game and Parks recognizes and values the importance of our partnerships and the role our state park areas play. These measures are a necessary management decision that is difficult to make, but Game and Parks is running out of options."