Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 | 5:25 p.m.
In the next six months, picnic areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will receive new tables and shelters along with other upgrades, the National Park Service announced on Friday.
Construction on the $885,000 project will begin by the end of December and conclude by July 2011, the park service said in a news release. Picnic areas at Blue Point Spring, Rogers Spring, Echo Bay, Boulder Beach and Cottonwood Cove will be furnished with new equipment.
Other additions will include wheelchair-accessible walkways, new restrooms and more parking. Each area will be temporarily closed while work is completed.
The sale of federal lands paid for the project through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Plan, the park service said.