2018-06-09 / Front Page

Denton Hill plan no sure thing

By Bill Pekarski
Endeavor News

While it’s no sure thing, the development of Denton Hill State Park as a four-season attraction and an epicenter for tourism in Potter County has widespread support.

Potter County Commissioners

Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel and Doug Morley discussed the plans at their meeting last week, coming on the heels of a stakeholders’ gathering at the park’s ski lodge earlier in the week.

“The state’s plans are impressive and were very well-received,” Kefover said. “They are looking into offering new attractions, such as aerial zip lines and rope courses, more snow tubing and a number of other additions.”

Heimel said the master plan for the park shows vast potential, but he cautioned that it’s no sure thing.

“From what we we're told, it is really going to hinge on whether the state can attract an operator, or what they called a concessionaire, to partner with the state and basically run the park year-round,” he pointed out. “The other uncertainty is the financial side. The state has made an initial financial commitment, but there will need to be additional funding for the infrastructure if this is to become a reality.”

Commissioner Morley said he was encouraged to see state officials supporting a broader plan to establish Denton Hill State Park as the hub of a network of tourist attractions that could include Lyman Run and Cherry Springs state parks and the surrounding state forest.

“That’s the most logical location for it, right in the center of the county and right along Route 6,” Morley said.

In other business, the commissioners:

• appointed Thomas Shaw, Tony Cochran, William Smith, Christopher Kloc, Joseph Gray, Andrew Dubots and Justin Boatwright to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

• approved the hiring of Kelly Murray as supervisor of the Trailblazer summer youth employment program.

• authorized Potter County Jail Warden Glenn Drake and Deputy Warden Angela Milford to attend a risk management workshop in Hershey.

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