Gov. Tom Corbett
Gov. Tom Corbett (AP Photo)

Gifford Pinchot State Park near Lewisberry is among a dozen state parks slated for campground improvement projects under Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The budget, which must be approved by the House and Senate, calls for spending more than $200 million to repair and upgrade natural areas under a program called "Enhance Penn's Woods."

At Pinchot, 26 of the park's 339 campsites would be converted to provide full-service hookups for RVs, said Christina Novak, press secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"I don't know that I'd call it glamping (glamour camping), but we do see a trend in people looking for more amenities," she said.

At Pinchot and other parks, more people want sites that include hookup for water, electricity, and waste discharge on site, Novak said.

The sites are typically bigger and more expensive to reserve, but they can also be used for tent camping, she said.

Under the proposal, crews would install water and electrical lines, as well as connect into the park's sewer system, she said.

The cost of the work is $250,000, but that also includes similar changes being made to a park in Cambria County, Novak said.

The work would begin as soon as weather permits, and crews would want to finish the project this summer, she said.

DCNR estimates about 200 projects across the state would be completed under Corbett's initiative. Those projects include building a visitor center in McKean County, a new park office in Clarion County, dams repair in several counties, repairs to fire towers in state forests across the state, and more than 50 public access improvement projects to roads, bridges, and trails.

Novak said it's not clear whether the Pinchot project will be the only work completed in York County. The state is still compiling a list of projects to be included, she said.

— Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.