The Cherokee County Conservation Board will host a Grand Opening event for the new Martin's Access Cabins on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. until noon.
Each cabin, available for year-round use, is heated and air conditioned and includes two comfortable queen-size bunks, a restroom with a shower, and a kitchen area with a sink, microwave, small refrigerator and coffee maker.
Outside features include a patio, picnic table, grill and fire ring. The cabins rent for $120 for the weekend, or $45 per night, Sunday through Thursday. While the three cabins are in close proximity, each is designed with privacy in mind for a quiet stay at the edge of the park's oak timber.
The cabins were designed and constructed by the Cherokee CCB staff, with locally purchased materials and services. Total expense for the entire project was $125,800. This included the installation of water and electric utilities and a septic system, plus all materials, services and labor.
Most of the funds for the project came from the county's Rural Betterment Fund, state Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) dollars, and private donations. Material and labor expenses utilizing county tax dollars amounted to $29,751.
According to Ginger Walker, Cherokee CCB Director, 20 local businesses supplied materials and talent toward the completion of the cabins, as well as Marcus-based volunteers from the Thrivent Lutheran organization.
"The cabins truly contain the quality of character that makes Cherokee County a great place to live and visit," states Walker. Walker also notes that upcoming improvements to the cabin area will include native prairie plantings, landscaping with trees and shrubs, an informational kiosk, and the addition of modern campsites nearby.
Reservations at the Martin's Access Cabins may be made by calling the CCCB at 712-225-6709. Reservations are taken in person or by mail, with payment by check or cash. A $100 deposit is required with every reservation.
Additional information is available on-line at www.cherokeecountyparks.com. On-line reservations are not accepted. The cabins may be reserved up to 12 months in advance.