County seeks funding for new campground

By Wayne Allen

December 29, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Recently the Scioto County Commissioners submitted a $326,000 capital request to the state of Ohio.

The commissioners are seeking funding to construct a campground in Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.

According the application submitted to the state by the commissioners, “The project will develop county property into a campground that will hold 60 campsites. The project will create three jobs and create tremendous tourism opportunities in Scioto County.”

The estimated project cost is $676,472 with $326,472 of the necessary funding being requested from the state.

The application states the remainder of the funding is anticipated to come from the Appalachian Regional Commission $250,000 with $100,000 being provided by the county.

On the application, the county states the campground will be supported through a fee, that will allow the county to operate the campsite and create ongoing operational funds.

When asked about anticipated outcomes the county said, “The project will create three jobs but will also allow businesses to expand business through increased traffic from the campsite.”

The county lists collaborative partners for the project as the Scioto County Commissioners, Washington Township Trustees, Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Portsmouth-Scioto County Visitors Bureau and the Adams County Travel and Tourism Office.

There was no indication given as to when the commissioners will know if the project gets funded.

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