The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has announced a new opportunity for private firms to propose plans for a potential campground and recreational facility development project at Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County.
As per a report, the initiative is part of the WVDNR’s ongoing efforts to invest in and enhance the state parks system, which has seen significant improvements in recent years, totaling a staggering $151,295,091.
The proposed project at Cacapon Resort State Park includes a campground and unspecified recreational facilities not currently offered.
The WVDNR has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for private firms to finance, plan, develop, construct, and operate these facilities. As a result of the RFP, three proposal submissions have been received, showcasing the interest and potential for development in this picturesque state park.
It’s important to note that no specific sites within Cacapon Resort State Park have been selected for potential development. The report also highlighted that the WVDNR is not obligated to accept any of the proposals as submitted and may negotiate the scope and specifications of any final agreement. Managing existing facilities at Cacapon Resort State Park is not part of the RFP, and the WVDNR will continue to operate and manage these facilities.
To ensure transparency and public input, the WVDNR has made the RFP and the responsive proposals available for public view at WVstateparks.com/bids-and-procurement.
A public hearing is also scheduled for April 18, 2023, at 5 p.m. in the Washington Fairfax Room at the Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge, located at 818 Cacapon Lodge Road, Berkeley Springs. This public hearing will allow stakeholders and community members to express their opinions and concerns regarding the potential development project.
Cacapon Resort State Park is known for its natural beauty, diverse recreational opportunities, and rich cultural heritage. The park has undergone significant renovations and improvements in recent years, including lodge renovations totaling $35,232,996, the construction of a new lodge at Cacapon Resort costing $32,530,366, cabin renovations totaling $24,583,500, campsite development totaling $13,488,000, activity infrastructure totaling $29,135,729, and infrastructure upgrades totaling $16,524,500.
The WVDNR’s commitment to enhancing state parks and providing new recreational opportunities for visitors and locals is evident in this latest RFP for the potential development at Cacapon Resort State Park.
With the upcoming public hearing, stakeholders and interested parties can voice their opinions and contribute to decision-making. The WVDNR continues to prioritize responsible and sustainable development while preserving the natural beauty and integrity of West Virginia’s state parks.
Featured image from Cacapon State Park.