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Punderson gets a $6.2 million upgrade
After years of neglect, Ohio's state parks are getting an $88 million boost
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Punderson manor overlooks the lake and the 741-acre park in Newbury. ODNR is spending $6.2 million to renovation and upgrade facilities at Punderson, part of an $88 million lift to Ohio's 74 state parks.
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After years of tight budgets, Ohio’s state parks are getting an $88 million make-over.

Officials this week announced $6.2 million in renovations and additions to Punderson State Park in Geauga County. Ohio Department of Natural Resources director James Zehringer says the investments are long overdue.

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“We have 74 state parks and it’s been probably since the late 60’s early 70’s since the infrastructure has been updated and improved on a lot of them. A lot of them have waste water treatment plants; we have over 500 cabins and cottages that need updated.” 

Earlier this summer, park improvements were announced for Salt Fork State Park, Mohican and Middle Bass Island.

Work at Punderson is slated to begin this fall.

ODNR is encouraging park visitors to post suggestions for improvements to its website, parks.ohiodnr.gov/improvements.

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