by Kate Shunney
Even when West Virginia State Parks can reopen their facilities under the governor’s direction, Cacapon State Park’s lodge will stay closed to undergo renovation work, said Park Superintendent Scott Fortney.
Construction continues at a slow pace with smaller crews on the new northern addition to the lodge. The addition will add 78 rooms, an indoor pool, more meeting and hospitality rooms, plus outdoor patio space.
Part of the state’s $25 million upgrade project at Cacapon was to renovate and update the existing rooms in the original lodge. Because the lodge is closed to the public under the governor’s Executive Order, Fortney said work will start now to renovate the older lodge rooms.
Original plans called for the new wing of the lodge to open to guests, and then the original lodge rooms to close for upgrades.
Fortney said when the state allows the cabins to reopen, guests will still come to the lodge to check in. When paving is set to begin around the lodge, guests will check in at the Club House – the golf headquarters at the park.
The new lodge addition was set to open in May, but there is no new timeline for that to happen under the current state park facility restrictions and construction delays, Fortney said.