Oracle State Park could receive $4 million to keep park open overnight
PHOENIX — Oracle State Park may see a $4 million renovation that would allow the park to stay open overnight and help keep it economically sustainable.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, the park currently has a net annual deficit of almost $300,000. The restoration would increase annual revenue by $1.2 million and create lodging for visitors.
“The expansion would add 30 RV sites, 20 cabins and 20 tent sites,” Patrick Ptak, spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey’s office, told the Arizona Daily Star.
The project would also add a number of new hiking and biking trails and restore run-down cabins in the park.
“The cabin program really opens up the demographics for people who want to experience the outdoors,” Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks and Trails told the Arizona Daily Star. “If they don’t want to stay in a tent or don’t have an RV, this opens up another opportunity.”
The park, located north of Tucson, was closed when Ducey first took office. But this has changed over the past few years.
“Now, it’s not just open, but we are making it 24 hours and adding new amenities,” Ptak said. “That’s a testament to the incredible work being done by Arizona State Parks and Trails employees to make our park system the best in the nation.”
Oracle offers visitors more than 15 miles of hiking trails with a variety of hiking types, including a four-mile section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail that passes through the park. It also offers multiple equestrian and biking trails.
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