American Rescue Plan Act Projects

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. Within the ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF) provides $350 billion for states, municipalities, counties, tribes, and territories, including $130 billion for local governments split evenly between municipalities and counties. This webpage provides important information on New Hampshire Div. of Parks and Recreation ARPA projects.

ARPA Historic Sites Improvements

 
The NH State Parks system, Bureau of Historic Sites is responsible for the stewardship and operation of sixteen dedicated Historic Sites. These sites include buildings, landscapes, collections and stories that speak to and educate the public about what makes New Hampshire  special this request would enable investment in projects at various Seacoast sites, such as Fort Stark, Fort Constitution, the White Island Lighthouse, and the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion. Example projects at these sites include addressing safety concerns, HVAC needs, masonry repairs, interior and exterior remodeling or maintenance, and accessibility improvements. In addition, this funding would also enable investment in historic structures at Weeks State Park, Rhododendron State Park, The Northern Rail Trail at the Gerrish Depot, Taylor Sawmill, Fox Forest, and the Nansen Ski Jump. Example projects at these sites include addressing ADA accessibility issues, visitor center improvements, property management efficiencies, structural renovations, interior remediation, and more. Moreover, funding would also be utilized to improve and expand upon interpretive signage at historic sites across the state.

ARPA Funded Project Status Reports

Previous Reports

 

ARPA Campground Expansion Projects

The Division of Parks and Recreation has been awarded American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for a campground expansion project at six NH State Park campgrounds.
 
These projects propose to replace obsolete infrastructure, add new infrastructure, expand the number of campsites and supporting facilities (i.e. toilet buildings) to support existing visitors and meet the demand for camping experiences.

The Division is working with consultants to produce a feasibility study and construction cost estimates for these projects which should be complete in August 2022. Phase II of the campground expansion project is final design and engineering and will begin this fall.
  • Crawford Notch State Park, Dry River Campground
    • New camping area developed with 85 new sites
    • Improved campsites (w/e), shelters and standard campsites
    • Walk-in campsites with camping shelters
    • New toilet buildings with showers
    • Renovated existing Dry River Campground campsites and toilet building
    • New pedestrian/bike recreation path to connect the two camping areas
    • Preferred Concepts - Updated
    • Preliminary project concepts
For questions or comments please contact:
Johanna Lyons, State Park Planning and Development Specialist
603-271-3935 or Johanna.Lyons@dncr.nh.gov