There are dozens of state parks that provide lodging throughout the state of West Virginia, and now a local park is looking to add to that number.
Brooke Hills Park is looking to expand by adding lodging, and other amenities to its 750 acre property. Members of the Brooke Hills Park Board are hoping that by adding the lodging, and possibly a skating rink, restaurant, theater or amphitheater, it will not only attract local residents, but people from other states as well.
“We truly enjoy this park, but I would like to see other folks from throughout the state come up here for a weekend visit. I would like to see folks from Ohio and Pennsylvania come over here and spend a weekend with their kids go on some nature walks,” board member Joseph Mullenbach said.
Not long after getting the idea for lodging, park board members reached out to Business Development Corporation Executive Director Pat Ford to make the dream a reality. “We really think that this is a perfect opportunity, and it’s also within a days drive from some of the major cities, and why not even think of planning for a corporate retreat. If they do it at other places, we have to think why not do it here?” Ford said.
Ford will begin advertising for consultants in November, who will tell the board if there is the demand, if it’s the right location, and what the lodge should look like. The study will begin next year and should last about six months. By the summer of 2015, they will know more about what the building will look like and how much the project will cost.