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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Update On $15 Million Plan For Reserection & Upgrade Of Denton Hill State Park

We apologize for the lack of updates on the future of Denton Hill State Park. Earlier this month, DCNR and its contractor held a “stakeholders’ meeting” to provide some insight into the long process to resurrect the park. John Hallas (shown), director of DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks, said the major focus now is to refine the master plan into concrete, incremental steps to restore the park, and to secure a concessionaire to partner with the state in implementing the plan. Among the takeaways from the stakeholders’ meeting:
--A four-season strategy remains in place. Among additions being considered are an aerial canopy course, ziplines, mountain bike flow trails, and ropes and obstacle courses.
--Director Hallas said the state hopes to have a “nearly turnkey” contract with the concessionaire.
--The plan has a price tag of about $15.1 million, while available state funding at this time is approximately $12 million. State budget uncertainties have clouded the picture.
--Contractor LaBella Associates has refined the master plan into specific objectives. Among the confirmed elements are expanding parking from the current 300 spaces to 1,000 and developing a shuttle bus loop; and upgrading the lodge’s electrical, kitchen, ventilation, structural integrity and accessibility.
--Improving snowmaking capability and the lift system are high priorities.
--An increased emphasis is being placed on connecting Denton Hill with Lyman Run and Cherry Springs state parks through hiking and bicycle trails.
--Another stakeholders’ meeting and two public meetings will be held as part of the planning process.
--Director Hallas asked for the public’s understanding, adding, “Rebuilding and re-establishing Denton Hill State Park as a destination will take years, but we need to remain patient and persevere to see that this worthwhile park surpasses its former glory.”

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

thats a bunch of bs local contractors (given the chance) could keep the price alot lower and keep locals working

Anonymous said...

I agree with 2:26PM post. And, this project can be done in stages, so the funds could be released a little at a time. I just bet the Governor would listen to a proposal. Labella? I believe it was their project manager for the high rise next to McDonalds who cleared the property for no underground contamination - he's the same person who purportedly NOW works for DEP and is saying there is contamination.

Anonymous said...

5.1 million, million to invest in Denton Hill? This is such a joke. Just whom do they plan on using this ridiculous planned, shall we say playground. You won't be able to get there because our roads will be so chewed up that the little playground will remain unused. Anyone have plans to visit this little play area?

Slick Willy B said...

What a great big fat waste of money. They already wasted millions in the "money pit" museum across the road. 1000 parking spaces and a shuttle bus? Come on!!! The DCNR should be ashamed to waste the taxpayers money like this.

Anonymous said...

Here's the deal for those of you who apparently have no clue how it works. The money will be spent period! It's already been allocated to be spent. It's not Gonna move to a different fund and there not gonna say ok let's not do Denton and just give the money back to the tax payer. It will be wasted no matter what. The question you have to ask yourself is would you rather see it wasted in potter county or Pittsburgh

Anonymous said...

Either make it a Four Season ( Year round Facility) or sell the Damn thing to Private developers. I don't like the "Term" A four Season Strategy Remains in place. How about the " Nearly Turnkey" contract with the concessionaire. It sounds to me like it will be leased out and when the "Concessionaire " Runs it into the ground, it gets tossed back onto the backs of the Taxpayers. Note I am not opposed, I am cautious with Taxpayer Dollars and want the project done correctly the First Time, not in some piece meal fashion.

Anonymous said...

nice ! shoot down business in coudersport but sink millions into a failure !

Anonymous said...

Everyone has something to complain about, but none of you actually show up at these meetings or make any effort to do anything about your complaints. Trollers.

Anonymous said...

Post 11.37, meetings where. Most decisions in Potter County are made without the public even knowing where, why, or when and then people bitch because we don't attend the meetings, the point being, by the time we are aware, the decisions and paid studies are already either completed or the matter concluded!

Anonymous said...

With Holiday Valley being such a short drive, 14 lifts, great snow, super accommodations, and very cheap lift rates, not to mention one of the top resorts in the east, few people from the area will return .......