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Legislation for capital improvements at two state parks headed to W.Va. governor's desk

March 09, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Legislation authorizing up to $52.5 million in bonds for capital improvements at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County and another state park is now bound for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk.

The bill, which will make $3 million in funding for annual debt service on the bond issue available July 1, 2013, received final approval Friday from state lawmakers.

Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Friday that the governor’s legal team had yet to review the bill, but indicated Tomblin is supportive of the legislation and intends to sign it.

The legislation authorizes a bond issue for an estimated $23 million expansion and renovation project at Cacapon State Park and improvements to Beech Fork State Park near Huntington, W.Va.

Improvements to Cacapon State Park, a 6,000-acre park 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs, include a 67,000-square-foot, 79-room addition to the lodge. There will also be new indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, fitness center, dining rooms, meeting and private board rooms, and a bar and lounge on the first floor.

The second regular session of the 80th Legislature will end Saturday at midnight.

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