Oklahoma to renovate old cabins at state parks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state Tourism Department is spending
$1.9 million on a project to repair and renovate decades-old cabins
at Oklahoma's state parks.

The renovation project is in its final phase on the cabins, built during the Depression in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The project encompasses 180 cabins at seven state parks -- Beavers Bend, Great Salt Plains, Boiling Springs, Roman Nose, Keystone, Tenkiller and Lake Murray.

Earlier this month, the state Tourism Commission approved spending $996,800 to upgrade furnishings at 56 cabins in Lake Murray State Park in far southern Oklahoma.

Hardy Watkins, the commission's executive director, says those renovations should be done by the end of 2009.

Some of the furniture in the cabins is almost 25 years old.

Those items will be replaced with LCD televisions, energy efficient appliances, ceiling fans and wood furniture.

(Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.)

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