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COLUMBUS -- The State of Ohio is investing more than $88.5 million in capital improvements at state parks over the next two years.

The investment was announced in western Ohio by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today.

The money will be used to improve state park facilities and lodges statewide. Additionally, bathrooms and campsites will be updated or replaced through much of the parks system.

To assist in identifying key projects, ODNR has launched a website to allow everyone to submit their ideas for improvements within the Ohio State Parks system. By visitingparks.ohiodnr.gov/improvements, people can fill out a survey to suggest improvements at their favorite state park.

To find a state park near you: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/findapark

Admission to Ohio state parks is free. ODNR says Ohio is one of only seven states to offer free admission. An estimated 2.3 million people spent at least one night in an Ohio campground or lodge last year. ODNR says the parks are key to drawing more tourists to Ohio.

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