Nebraska state parks cut hours due to staffing shortages

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Some of Nebraska’s state parks are entering the summer with reduced hours, according to game and park officials.

They ask park goers to call ahead before visiting a park to check on schedules and activity availability.

Times will be affected at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park and Platte River State Park beginning Saturday.

The Mahoney State Park Aquatic Center will no longer be open Tuesday and Thursday, according to a news release.

The Platte River State Park Outdoor Heritage Education Complex will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Each year, the game and parks hire approximately 900 workers across the state to help with operations during the summer.

But this year, there have only been about half the staff needed to run some activities, officials say.

“We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we make the necessary changes to adapt to current staffing challenges,” said Parks Division Administrator Jeff Fields. “We will do our best to continue to provide many of the great recreational opportunities that people have come to expect in their parks.”

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Lifeguards, gunnery staff, housekeepers and concession workers are needed for the summer.

“Working in the parks is fun, and the diversity of opportunities helps develop skills that appeal to future applicants,” Fields said. “Opportunities also exist in the Fish and Wildlife divisions of the agency.”

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