State park areas temporarily closed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission last fall to allow for the completion of maintenance projects will reopen April 18, two weeks earlier than previously planned.
Crews reassigned from the closed parks finished projects early allowing for the pushed up reopening date.
The closures allowed Game and Parks staff to work on the more than $40 million of identified deferred maintenance needs and to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and environmental requirements.
Among the projects being worked on over the winter was the building of 42 double-wide vault toilets to replace old deteriorated ones. They will be distributed to parks across the state.
The state recreation areas that will reopen April 18 include: Alexandria, Blue River, Cheyenne, Conestoga, Cottonwood, Dead Timber, DLD, Keller, Long Lake, Long Pine, North Loup, Olive Creek, Pelican Point, Riverview Marina, Rock Creek Lake, Sandy Channel, Schramm, Sutherland, Union Pacific, Verdon, Stagecoach, Walgren, and War Axe.
The state historical parks that will reopen are Arbor Lodge, Ash Hollow, Buffalo Bill, Fort Atkinson, and Fort Hartsuff.