WNF to upgrade Oak Hill campgrounds

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 28, 2008

The Wayne National Forest campgrounds will receive almost $2 million worth of much needed upgrades.

“It’s been quite some time since the (grounds have changed),” Steve Marchi, forest engineer, said. “It hasn’t been remodeled or upgraded since the 60s.We are bringing it more into current standards.”

The Forest Service allocated received $1.875 million of forest user fees and Congressional dollars for the changes to be made to the Oak Hill campgrounds and it will be spent over the next two years.

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“We don’t have the money in our hands yet,” Marchi said. “Priorities could change but it looks like plans will continue.”

The money will be used to upgrade restrooms, showers, wastewater facilities and other amenities, he said.

He also said minor modifications will be made to accommodate more people at the RV and tent camping sites.

Marchi said other changes will be made to be sure people of all abilities will be accommodated because right now access is limited.

He said he is not sure if the campgrounds will have to close during open season hours, but closed season hours are not well suited for construction.