Gov. Heineman Asking for $1.7 Million to Upgrade State Parks

Mahoney State Park

Mahoney State Park

Gov. Dave Heineman is asking lawmakers for $1.7 million to upgrade camping services at two Nebraska state parks.

Heineman said Thursday that his budget request would boost tourism at Mahoney State Park in eastern Nebraska and the Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area in the western part of the state.

The Lake McConaughy proposal includes 84 full-service camp sites with hook-ups for water, sewage and electricity. Many of the facilities would include accommodations for horse riders. Nearly 1 million people visited the recreation area in 2010, generating more than $44 million in retail sales.

The Mahoney State Park plan would add new cabins with wood-burning fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and decks. The park drew nearly 1 million visitors in 2010, and generated more than $52 million in retail sales.