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Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 2.57.42 PMMajor improvements are under way at the Holmes County Jellystone Park near Big Prairie, Ohio, including nine new cabins, a new swimming pool that will open July 4th weekend and expanded food service at the park’s onsite restaurant, according to an announcement from the park.

“We’re pretty excited about the improvements,” said the park’s Matt Smith, adding that two enclosed waterslides and additional water features will also be installed in the near future.

A handful of campsites and rustic cabins are still available for the July 4 weekend, when guests will be entertained by a major 20- to 30-minute fireworks display.

Smith said the park is also building nine new one- and two-bedroom cabins, including cabins that are designed to accommodate people with disabilities. Cable television service is also now available in all of the cabins and in the common areas of the campground.

The restaurant menu is also being expanded and will include homestyle cooking, including Swiss steak, meatloaf, lasagna and homemade apple dumplings. “It will be comfort food like grandma makes,” Smith said, adding that the restaurant’s hours will also be expanded.

These and other enhancements are part of a $2 million improvement effort that will continue into next year.

Smith also said that larger numbers of the park’s 250 campsites are now available for seasonal campers who leave their RVs on site for the whole camping season.

The Holmes County Jellystone was previously known as Whispering Hills RV Park & Resort, which has been owned and operated by three generations of the same family since Wayne and Ruth Murray opened the park in 1969.

Smith and his brother-in-law, Curt Murray Jr. — Wayne and Ruth’s grandson — are supervising the improvements.

The 250-site park has long been a popular camping destination because of its natural amenities, which include a 100-acre forest with hiking and mountain bike trails, a miniature golf course and an eight-acre fishing lake with pedal boat and kayak rentals.

In addition to its onsite amenities, the Holmes County Jellystone Park offers activities with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith.

Jellystone Parks also offer themed weekend activities, such as Death by Chocolate weekends, which often include chocolate Slip N Slides, chocolate pudding wrestling or chocolate eating contests; Mardi Gras-themed weekends, with parades, cookouts and dances; Christmas in July weekends, with campsite decorating contests, campsite caroling, cookie and ornament making activities, visits by Santa Claus; and the increasingly popular Halloween themed weekends, which include costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating activities.

For more information about the Holmes County Jellystone Park, please visit its website at www.whisperinghillsjellystone.com.