CONCORD – The NH Executive Council on Wednesday approved the hiring of SE Group of Burlington, Vermont, to undertake a two-phase project to study and design an extension of six state park campgrounds, including the park Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, Mollidgewock State Park in Errol and Crawford Notch State Park.

Under the terms of the contract for Phase 1, SE Group will assess opportunities to expand camping at each of the six campgrounds, which include Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham and the two Campgrounds at State Park in Nottingham. Bear Brook in Allenstown.

The company will present a summary of feasibility and design options for each park and an executive summary that assesses overall feasibility.

The Phase I completion date is October 12, 2022, at a cost of no more than $ 496,959.

The state will then enter into a separate contract with SE Group for phase 2, which will be the design of the expansion. The scope of work will be determined by the results of the Phase 1 feasibility study.

In June, the executive board authorized spending of $ 22.6 million in the federal American Rescue Act and local and state tax relief funds the state receives to modernize the aging state park system. Of this total, $ 7.7 million has been allocated to improve and expand state park campgrounds.

SE Group was selected from among five companies that responded to the state’s request for qualification to undertake the two-phase project.

State park campgrounds have seen increased demand as COVID-19 spurred unprecedented numbers of visitors. Last year, campground occupancy rates increased 7% from 2019, even with five campgrounds closed due to understaffing and limited capacity of 50% for campsites. first two months of the season.

Jericho Mountain State Park is particularly popular because of the motorized recreation in the park and the area. Jericho currently has 20 campsites: five cabins, six tents and nine RV sites. The plan is to develop a new camping area near the beach with cabins and RV sites.

Mollidgewock State Park, located in the Thirteen Mile woods along the Androscoggin River, currently has 44 primitive tent sites. There, the initial plan is to invest in new tent and cabin sites, as well as a park office and visitor center.