CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced today that bids for the renovation of the Cacapon Resort State Park lodge in Morgan County have come in on budget and that work will soon begin on the multi-million-dollar project.
“I made a promise to significantly increase tourism in our state because it leads to economic development like you wouldn’t believe,” Gov. Justice said. “Our parks are some of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see, but they need a lot of work. Moving forward with this project is just another way I’ve kept my promise to improve our state and it will make Cacapon a more attractive vacation destination in the Eastern Panhandle.”
The Division of Natural Resources received a low bid of $25.38 million from Paramount Builders of St. Albans. Work on the lodge will include adding 78 guestrooms, a dining room, lounge, spa and indoor pool. The project will be funded by bonds financed with excess lottery revenue.
Other upgrades to the park, using money from the parks improvement bonds Gov. Justice approved earlier this year, will also be completed. They include remodeling each existing guest room, creating new conference space, renovating the lobby and upgrading utility and electrical equipment. Work is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
“I want to thank Gov. Justice for his leadership and determination to modernize and improve our state parks,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Our facilities have been neglected for years, and it took Gov. Justice stepping in to get the job done. We’re excited to get to work on these renovations at Cacapon and look forward to continued improvements at our parks.
Cacapon Resort State Park is located in Morgan County near Berkeley Springs. The lodge, which was built in the 1950s is one of the park’s main attractions. The park also has 31 cabins, a 12-room inn, a large conference room, restaurant and many outdoor pursuits.