Pymatuning State Park will be a hub of activity this year with four major improvement projects worth approximately $16 million taking place at one of the county’s most popular attractions. Crawford.

“There are a lot of improvements underway that we hope visitors will appreciate,” park superintendent Dan Bickel said Tuesday.

Two of the projects — the park’s Jamestown campground upgrade and a hiking/biking trail extension near Linesville — are continuations of work begun in 2021. Work has already resumed on both, Bickel said.

The other two planned projects are approximately 3 miles of paving at various park sites while Tuttle Point Campground, closed for over a decade, is set to be rebuilt this year and ready for the 2023 camping season.

The modernization of Jamestown Campground by replacing its six washhouses began last July with a phased closure of the campground. It completely closed in early August due to the scale of the work. This left Pymatuning with only the Linesville Campground in operation for the remainder of the 2021 camping season.

However, Jamestown will be open for most of the 2022 Pymatuning camping season.

“Jamestown Campground will open by Memorial Day weekend – but we hope to open it even sooner,” Bickel said. “We have brand new shower buildings and a camping store in Jamestown.”

The new buildings are precast concrete and heated. The new shower buildings also have unisex private toilets.

The old shower/toilet buildings at Jamestown Campground were unheated concrete block buildings that were over 50 years old and had fallen into disrepair.

Chivers Construction Co. of Fairview is the general construction contractor for the $2,724,970 project, while Penn Ohio Electrical Co. of Masury, Ohio, is the $249,900 electrical contractor.

Bickel said a $2.28 million project to upgrade and expand the state park’s Spillway Trail south of Linesville restarted this week. Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake is the contractor.

When completed in July, the paved trail will expand from 1 mile to over 3 miles in length.

The current trail starts from Fries Road in North Shenango Township, heads north and parallels Linesville-Hartstown Road and ends just south of Linesville. It is extended north to Linesville and will turn east before terminating at South Chestnut Street in the borough.

The trail will reuse the historic Messerall Truss Bridge in Oil Creek Township. In 2020, Crawford County, which owned the one-lane iron bridge, transferred its ownership to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for use on the project.

The bridge, which dates to the 1870s, was dismantled and refurbished, and will now carry the trail over Linesville Creek, according to Bickel.

“It will be partially reassembled and brought to the site at the end of June to be installed,” he said. “It will be one of the last things to do.”

During that time, about $2 million of paving will be done at various locations in the state park, including resurfacing the road at the top of the park’s dam, Bickel said.

The paving bids were due March 17 and are still being reviewed by the state.

The paving works will include the Pymatuning Dam Road, Manning Boat Launch and Orchard Boat Launch areas, the Wilson Road access area, the Espyville Marina, the Linesville Beach car park and the group camping area of ​​the Jamestown campground, Bickel said.

Bids for a multimillion-dollar project to rebuild Pymatuning’s Tuttle Point Campground are also under state review.

Tuttle Point Campground, located north of the Highway 285 causeway, was closed by the state after the 2009 camping season as a cost-cutting measure. Its closure left the park with only the Jamestown and Linesville campgrounds.

Last fall, plans were announced to rebuild Tuttle Point Campground with 112 new handicap accessible sites with water, sewer and electrical hookups as well as the renovation of its water tower . Bids for the project, estimated at $9.2 million, were received by the state in January.

Construction would be complete this season with Tuttle Point to reopen for the 2023 camping season, Bickel said.