PIPESTEM, W.Va. (AP) – A southern West Virginia state park is undergoing $11 million in renovations in an effort to help the state’s growing tourism industry and stimulate the region’s economy.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Gov. Jim Justice announced the improvements Thursday during a visit to Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County. Justice said improvements and additions to the park near Hinton will include a zip line course over the Bluestone Gorge, lodge upgrades, a splash park, tram renovations, a replacement for the park’s water and wastewater treatment plant, cabin upgrades and campground utility upgrades.
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel says the project is being funded by state bonds approved last year by the Legislature.
Justice said state finances have improved enough to make such investments, which will reap dividends.