Bond Sale Approved for $25-million Improvement Project at Cacapon Resort State Park
Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov
Contact: Sam England, State Parks Chief, 304-558-2764, DNR.Parks@wv.gov
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Work will soon begin on a multi-million-dollar improvement project at Cacapon Resort State Park. At its Aug. 17 meeting in Charleston, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority signed an agreement that will allow up to $25 million in bonds to be sold for improvements to the state park, located in Morgan County near Berkeley Springs.
The excess lottery revenue bonds are expected to be made available for sale by the end of August. West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England says that engineering plans are being refreshed, ground will be broken sometime this winter and the project should be completed within two years.
“We’re planning to do a major modernization of the park’s facilities to bring them in line with the expectations of today’s tourists and travelers,” England said.
Noting that the park’s current lodge was built in the mid-1950s when needs were different, England went on to say the project also will include adding new guest rooms, a new dining room and a spa, and upgrading the sewage system and electrical equipment.
Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDanial said improvements at Cacapon will make the park even more popular with tourists to the eastern panhandle and visitors from the Washington, D.C. area.
“This will be a real attraction for that area and will significantly increase tourism, which will be good for all of the local businesses,” McDaniel said. “We’re grateful to Gov. Jim Justice for authorizing this bond sale, and to the members of the Economic Development Authority for their hard work in putting it together so we can see this project become a reality.”