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RELEASE: 1/11/01
CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994


The state Division of Parks and Forestry is renovating six of the nine cabins at Atsion Lake to make them more accessible to disabled visitors.

As a result, the furnished, lakeside cabins, which feature fireplace, refrigerator, hot and cold water, and bathroom with shower, will be available for rental mid-May instead of April 1.

Reservations for these popular cabins, which sleep from four to eight persons, must be made well in advance. The rental rates range from $28 to $56 per night, depending on the size of the cabin.

"We apologize for the slight delay in opening the cabins this year," said State Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Shinn, "but we're pleased to continue to expand our services to our disabled visitors. Efforts are being made to complete the work early, and if this occurs, we will rent the facilities on a first-come, first served basis."

The renovations are in accordance with the standards set by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and include reconstruction of the bathrooms and kitchens. Doorways will be widened and counter surfaces made more accessible. In addition, front door access ramps will be added to the cabins.

Two cabins at Atsion Lake, located off Rout 206 north of Hammonton, already are designed for persons with disabilities. Other state park camping facilities for visitors with disabilities can be found in Parvin State Park, and at Stokes, Bass River, and Belleplain state forests.

The cabins, part of scenic Wharton State Forest, which offers swimming, boating, fishing and hiking, are normally available from April 1 to October 31. Reservations for most state Parks & Forestry facilities can be made by phone and can be paid with credit cards. For more information on renting cabins or any of the 50 tent and trailer campsites at Atsion, call the Atsion Recreation Area Office at 609-268-0444.


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