Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2012, 10:50 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 24 May 2012, 10:50 PM EDT
JASONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - The end of May means the beginning of summer right around the corner for many people.
Memorial Day marks a big weekend for state parks.
It might seem a little late for spring cleaning at your house, but spring cleaning at Shakamak State Park is just now wrapping up. It's a sure sign that summer is almost here.
"Our maintenance crew has kicked it up to gear,” Assistant Property Manager Lynda Ellington said. “They've been mowing and trimming and getting the camp ground ready."
From cleaning out brush to cleaning up the pool, and even washing windows, all of this helps the park to prepare for the unofficial summer kick off. It’s the holiday weekend that starts it all.
"Our reservations are completely booked for our cabins and our camp grounds," Ellington said.
After the mild winter and warm spring we experienced, it feels like a never ending summer at the park.
"With the warmer spring, we've been busier than normal starting up," Ellington shared.
Even so, the work to get everything together for the official opening keeps everyone busy.
"We have lots to get done. And you want to make sure for all of the people coming that we're ready."
With preparations wrapping up, Shakamak looks to launch another successful opening weekend. In an up and down economy like this, state parks continue to be a good vacation getaway that's wallet friendly."
"It's nice to have this so close to home," Ellington said of the park that she calls home for holidays throughout the summer.
Many people across the country agree that state parks are a great option. Visitation to state parks around the U.S. grew each of the past several years. This year isn't expected to be any different.
"This is kind of how people get away from their every day lives,” Ellington said. “They can come out here and spend time with their family."
This weekend serves as a getaway for hundreds at Shakamak, and the park hopes for hundreds more as the summer continues.
If you don't have reservations for the park this weekend, you can still visit, you just can't stay the night.
The gate fee at Shakamak is $5 per car, and the cost for the swimming pool is $2 per person.
For more details about the park, you can click here .
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