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WV Pipestem Resort State Park in line for $11 million in renovations

PIPESTEM, W.Va.  — West Virginia’s governor announced about $11 million in ongoing renovations Thursday at a state park which are aimed at fueling the state’s growing tourism industry and stimulating the region’s economy.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice speaks  during Pipestem state Park and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resourses announcement of plans to expand tourism services at the park. Plans include a beach at the lake, which will include inflatables in the water; a splash pad; and a zip line that will cross the gorge 3 times. Staff photo by Eric DiNovo

Gov. Jim Justice visited Pipestem Resort State Park to talk about the park’s expansion projects. Justice said this investment, funded by state bonds approved last year by the Legislature, will add to economic growth. He looked at the wintery mountain landscape outside the McKeever Lodge and remarked about the scenic view.

“It’s easy to see how beautiful it is out there,” Justice said, adding later, “You’ve got to promote your state. Any frog that isn’t proud of its own pond isn’t much of a frog.”

The renovations will create construction jobs and other employment when they are completed, Justice stated. Work on these renovations is now underway. Improvements for Pipestem include a zip line course over the Bluestone Gorge, more than $3 million in lodge upgrade, a splash park, tram renovations, a $1.3 million replacement for the park’s water and wastewater treatment plant, cabin upgrades and campground utility upgrades.

Read the entire article at https://www.bdtonline.com/news/renovations-for-pipestem-resort-million-announced-for-new-expansions-fueling/article_a050c920-204c-11e9-a154-0fd5c5f9378e.html

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