A celebration’s planned today (Saturday) at an old park in southeast Iowa that’s, in many ways, been made new again. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is holding a rededication ceremony at Lake Keomah (kee-oh’-mah) State Park in Mahaska County. Jim Lawson, the D-N-R’s Parks Bureau district supervisor, says more than one-point-four million dollars has been spent on improvements at the park, just east of Oskaloosa. Group camping facilities and the beach area have been renovated while the 70-year-old lodge has been renovated to look the way it was when the Civilian Conservation Corps first constructed it in the 1930s. Lawson says roads and parking lots have been improved and a campground shower building has been added. He says all of the work was completed in spite of the state’s recent budget difficulties.Lawson says everyone from the area is encouraged to attend today’s rededication ceremony. He says people should plan to get there about 11 for the 11:30 A.M. ceremony. A free barbeque lunch will follow the program along with free tours of the new facilities.
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