by Shannon Cay
YELLVILLE, Ark. – Construction of a new wastewater treatment facility near the Buffalo National River causes a few delays with upgraded campsites.
Parks officials were awarded just over 2-million dollars this time last year to replace two of the steel wastewater basins at the Buffalo Point park, as well as the lines connecting to the sewage system.
Crews have been actively working on the park project since September.
The Parks Public Information Officer Casey Johannsen says as of now the flush restrooms, shower facilities, and the dump station at Buffalo Point will need to remain closed until these upgrades.
She says construction crews expect the work to be completed later this spring.
However, portable toilets will be available for visitors to use in areas adjacent to the current restroom facilities. Electrical and water hookups will be turned on and available at all drive-in sites starting March 15.
She adds due to construction, E Loop will remain closed to all campers. A, B, C and D Loops, the walk-in tent sites, and Pavilions 2 and 3 will be open and available on March 15. The five group sites and Pavilion 1, which also opens on March 15, will have flush restrooms available.