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A nearly $800,000 renovation project is underway at the George Washington Memorial Campground in Exeter, R.I., television station WPRI reported.

The improvements will include the construction of 35 additional overnight campsites as well as fully accessible restrooms and showers. The new visitor facilities will incorporate “green” elements to conserve energy and cut operational costs.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) says the improvements will help attract more campers to the waterfront campground, and encourage them to stay longer.

“It’s going to be a great addition for our campers and people will be coming from everywhere to come to this campground,” said Bob Paquette of the DEM’s Parks and Recreation Division.

Paquette said campers typically stay at the George Washington Memorial Campground for about two days, but believe the average stay will increase to a week or longer once the renovations are complete.

Construction will be ongoing during the upcoming summer camping season, but Paquette does not believe it will have a negative effect on campers.

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