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Northwest Ohio state parks getting an upgrade

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MARBLEHEAD, Ohio - 88.5 million dollars have been set aside on capital improvements for Ohio state parks. The improvements will have a big impact in the Lake Erie islands area. Kelly's Island State Park will receive more full hookup campsites. Officials say North Bass Island State Park will stay primitive but will be getting more non-electric campsites, a mooring ball for more boating access, and hiking trails. South Bass Island State Park will have more of their campsites upgraded for electrical hook ups. A new flush restroom facility will replace the rundown bathrooms currently at Catawba Island State Park. East Harbor State Park is one of Ohio's most popular parks. New upgrades there will provide shower house upgrades and more full hookup pull-through campsites.

The director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Jim Zehringer, also said, "The governor put in a 6 million line item for Lonz. We are already doing some improvements over there like getting the place structurally sound, remove asbestos, and we are putting up a pavilion right now so visitors to the island can wait for the ferries." The historic Lonz Winery had a balcony collapse in the year 2000. The tragedy killed one person and injured 75 others. Soon after the incidence the ODNR took over the property, but little has been done since. Officials say the overall goal is to restore the Lonz Winery to its historic roots. The ODNR is planning open houses starting this summer for ideas on how to do this from both the public and from private investors.

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