Push for improvements at Tomlinson Run

A series of improvements could be on its way to Tomlinson Run State Park, and that would be good for residents and visitors alike.

The announcement was made last week by Hancock County commissioners, who said they have been working with the state Division of Natural Resources during the last few years in an effort to spruce up the only state park in the Northern Panhandle.

The focus has primarily been on the construction of a new shower facility for the park’s group camp area. This site is used each year as the summer camp for local 4-H participants and for other organizations.

Hopefully, the commission receives a bid proposal which would allow the shower project to move forward. If so, that would mean around $800,000 in other improvements to be paid for by the state.

DNR officials have submitted a list of possible projects it would fund, including a new slide at the park’s swimming pool, a new roof at the concession stand, new sewer lines, improvements to the mini-golf area, internet access to portions of the park, new picnic tables and improvements to the kitchen at the group camp area.

Tomlinson Run may not have all the amenities of some other West Virginia state parks, but it still is a great attraction for our area, bringing together local residents and visitors alike for both special events and everyday activities.

Whether it be fishing or hiking or just having a family picnic, it is a great spot to spend a relaxing afternoon. The park is the home of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair.

By bringing in these proposed improvements, it can only make its use more enjoyable. We encourage our local and state officials to continue with these plans.


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