Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn visited Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County today to dedicate a new pool complex and solar panels which shade the swimming pool parking area.
“The DCNR is committed to improving recreational opportunities that not only benefit park visitors at Ryerson Station, but also the surrounding communities and their economies here in Greene County,” Dunn said. “This state-of-the-art pool complex and other park improvements are the direct result of public input and involvement focused on the future of Ryerson Station.
The new aquatic complex includes a “zero entry” swimming pool, a water slide and a water park. The new car park located on the site of the old swimming pool is equipped with solar protection structures which provide all the electricity necessary for the park.
The Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Task Force, formed to examine the park’s future recreation opportunities, called for improvements to swimming and camping at Ryerson Station. Campground renovations, including new shower facilities; three luxury camping cabins; and full hookups at seven campsites have already been completed.
“We are proud to be here today to celebrate the significant improvements to Ryerson Station from a recreation and conservation perspective,” said DCNR Assistant Secretary John Norbeck. “Families will be able to visit the new pool and spray field and we will be able to operate another of our state parks at net zero, thanks to the focus on sustainability and green infrastructure.”
DCNR’s sustainability initiative includes adding small-scale solar panels to state parks and forests, electric vehicle charging stations, reducing internal combustion engine passenger vehicles within the agency fleet and high-performance buildings.
Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park was lowered in July 2005 for safety reasons after dam inspections revealed seepage and movement of the dam foundation. In April 2013, DCNR and Consol Energy Inc. settled a lawsuit related to the impact of longwall mining in the area on the dam. The settlement funds financed the estimated $10 million costs of the pool complex.
A future project in the park includes stream restoration work focusing on fish habitat and access to waterways.
Located in the southwest corner of Greene County near the West Virginia border, Ryerson Resort’s 1,164 acres offer visitors hiking, fishing, picnicking and winter activities. Visit the DCNR website for more information on Ryerson Station State Park.
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