Pymatuning State Park (Pennsylvania) is reopening its Jamestown Campground Thursday.
“It’s opening a couple of weeks ahead of schedule,” said Dan Bickel, the park’s superintendent.
According to a report, Bickel said the campground is now accepting reservations for over 300 campsites at the campground.
Last year, Jamestown Campground was shut down in two phases before closing entirely in early August. This allowed work to begin on a $3 million construction project to renovate the six washhouses and camp store.
The closure was a safety precaution because of the massive tri-axle dump truck trucks coming in and out of the campground during the work late last summer.
Bickel thinks Jamestown Campground campers will like the new change.
The six washhouses were older than 50 years with cracked flooring and poor roofs, Bickel said.
The unheated concrete block buildings, dating from 1969, were in such deteriorated shape that the original buildings had to have their foundations jacked up to replace deteriorated concrete blocks to keep the buildings functioning for the past few camping seasons.
Six washhouses have been torn down and replaced with brand new precast concrete buildings that include private unisex restroom facilities and are heated.
“It’s been a really good project,” Bickel said. “There are six restroom/shower buildings with a total of 27 showers, and they’re handicapped-accessible. There’s now heat in the restrooms, which was a request from a lot of campers.”
Three washhouses located within the 300, 200, and 600 series site loops also have laundry facilities.
The camp store was renovated and is now air-conditioned.
In addition to the buildings, the Jamestown Campground has a new outdoor basketball court, courtesy of donations from Friends of Pymatuning State Park, Bickel added.
Chivers Construction Co. of Fairview was the general contractor for the Jamestown Campground revitalization with a low bid of $2,724,970, and Penn Ohio Electrical Co. of Masury, Ohio, was the electrical contractor with a low bid of $249,900.
This story originally appeared on The Meadville Tribune.