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Xanterra Renovating Seven Ohio State Park
Resorts & Conference Centers
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 27, 2003 - Xanterra Parks & Resorts has begun renovations at the seven Ohio State Park Resorts & Conference Centers the company manages. Totaling more than $3.5 million, the wide-ranging projects will be undertaken over the next several months and will result in upgrades apparent to guests as well as behind-the-scenes improvements. Xanterra operates resorts in Salt Fork, Hueston Woods, Punderson, Shawnee, Mohican, Burr Oak and Maumee Bay State Parks.

Many of the projects were funded from Xanterra's Maintenance, Repair and Renovation (MRR) account or the company's capital improvement fund. As part of its contractual agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources which oversees the Ohio State Park Resorts, Xanterra earmarks between 10 and 15 percent of sales for renovation projects. Other funding for the renovation projects came from various sources such as the Ohio NatureWorks program or the State of Ohio capital improvement fund.

The most extensive renovations will occur at Salt Fork State Park near Cambridge. All 148 rooms will undergo an extensive program that includes renovation of guest room bathrooms and replacement or addition of draperies, wallcoverings, carpeting, artwork, bedspreads, ironing boards, irons, refrigerators and hairdryers. The $2 million resort renovation also includes improvement of public spaces, meeting rooms and the lodge's exterior.

At Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, significant cosmetic improvements will include painting and lighting upgrades as well as Phase I of an upgraded environmental control system. Total renovations will cost more than $500,000.

At Punderson Manor State Park Resort & Conference Center, major 

Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center
Cambridge, Ohio

Mohican Resort & Conference Center
1098 Ashland County Road 3006
Perrysville Ohio
projects include renovation of the front entrance and installation of new carpeting. Cottages will receive new mattresses, window treatments and bedspreads. Renovations will cost $373,000. Punderson is located in Newbury.

At Mohican State Park Resort & Conference Center, renovations will cost $212,000 and will include extensive exterior improvements including replacement of the pedestrian bridge and benches, improvement of all walkways, replacement of the children's playground and landscaping the front of the lodge. The renovation also will include replacement of dining room furniture; wallpaper, carpeting, lighting and paint in the corridors; carpeting in the restaurant, lounge and lobby. Mohican is located in Perrysville.
Ohio's NatureWorks program will fund other major improvements at Mohican including replacement of all guest room balconies and conversion of selected rooms to handicap-accessible status.

At Hueston Woods State Park Resort & Conference Center near College Corner, $173,000 will be spent to equip the entire resort with high-speed Internet access and to replace chairs, lamps, bed skirts and artwork in the guest rooms.

At Burr Oak State Park Resort & Conference Center, located near Glouster, $104,000 will be spent on items ranging from the replacement of ceilings and light fixtures to new televisions, carpeting, wall coverings and chairs in many units. In addition, cabins will be upgraded with the installation of key-card locks, new televisions, refrigerators, window treatments and stoves. 

At Shawnee State Park Resort & Conference Center, $90,000 is budgeted for replacement of draperies, bedspreads and artwork in all cottages.  The resort renovation also will include new lobby and dining room furniture. Shawnee State Park Resort is located in Friendship.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra is the country's largest national park concessioner. The company operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone National Park, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Death Valley National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Everglades National Park, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at resorts in Napa, Calif.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and seven Ohio State Parks. 

Mona Mesereau

Also See: Chris Lane, Xanterra's Director of Environmental Affairs, Talks About Strong Commitment to Environmental Stewardship / Dec 2002
Preservation of Legendary Old Faithful Inn Reflects Old-fashioned Ingenuity of Preservation Crew / Oct 2002

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