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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Local Agencies and Officials Advocate for Denton Hill State Park Revitalization

The late fall 2014 announcement that Ski Denton will not open this season has sparked the collaborative efforts of the Potter County Commissioners, Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA), Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance, and Chambers of Commerce for Coudersport, Galeton and Wellsboro, along with many others, to advocate for full revitalization of Denton Hill State Park. The partners would like to see not only restoration of ski operations, but development of the park as a year-round asset that will complement everything Potter County has to offer.

Denton Hill State Park was opened as a ski area in 1958 and operated by the commonwealth until 1979, but has operated under a concession lease agreement with Denton Hill Family and Ski Resort, Inc., since 1983. The lease was set to expire in 2018. In November 2014, the concessionaires informed the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) that they were terminating the lease and would be unable to open for the season.

A December 4, 2014 press release from DCNR states there are a number of critical infrastructure projects that require funding, including replacing the ski lift and rehabilitating the main park road and lodge. DCNR said it is working with Senator Joseph Scarnati's office to finalize a feasibility study, including rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure and the viability of ski or other winter activity operations at Denton Hill, and options for alternative activities at the park outside of the ski season. Details of the study, which will be completed by Moshier Studio of Pittsburgh, are still being finalized. Several individuals and businesses have expressed an interest in operating the facility, requiring DCNR to provide the opportunity for parties to bid on the contract. DCNR estimates the process will take approximately six months.

The Potter County Commissioners have emphasized to state government officials, including Governor Tom Wolf and his recent appointees, the importance of DCNR following through on its study to determine how to best invest in the facilities, manage the ski resort through public/private partnerships, and further develop the park into a four-season recreational attraction.

“The park’s closure for the season is certainly disadvantageous to our community and our local economy in the short term,” said David Brooks, Executive Director of PCVA. “However, it also presents a great opportunity for long-needed improvements to be made and for the park to become a year-round attraction. Now, there’s a heightened sense of urgency.”

Members of the public are encouraged to contact their state legislators and Governor Tom Wolf to advocate for the revitalization and restoration of the park and ski resort, and to “like” and “share” the “Save Denton Hill” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SaveDentonHill. Additionally, those who frequent and support the park can share their stories and feedback at www.visitpottercounty.com/denton. The findings will be shared with DCNR, in hopes that the information gleaned will help shape the outcome of the feasibility study and future of the park.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many "free" skiers they have had this season?

Anonymous said...

I hate to say this but the DCNR should not be involved with running anything like this. I know they lease or rent the concession out to a private company, but anything that involves dealing with the state has got to be a nightmare. Ski resorts are a tough business to begin with. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to have to deal with the DCNR as a partner.

They should just sell it off.....will never happen.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, but winter for me in Potter County just isn't the same without being able to go to Ski Denton a couple days a week! I've only made it to Holiday Valley once this year, so depressing.

Anonymous said...

Just like everything else that has closed shop in Coudersport the last twenty or so years. It's just Ski Dentons turn now I guess. Makes you wander what business will be next?

Anonymous said...

Please do not use tax dollars to save Denton hill. It has to substane itself or it should go away.

Anonymous said...

Tax Baby Tax
Get that money trap a going.

Anonymous said...

Sell the property to people who have the ability to operate and maintain the slopes. Would be sad to see this sit empty if the facility does not re open. Just food for thought.