Recreational activities to replace golf course

By Ivy Potter - [email protected]

Commissioners stated Thursday after finally receiving an update from The Ohio Department of Natural Resources that the former Shawnee State Park Golf Course is undergoing transformation to house several recreational activities, none of which being golf.

Commissioner Bryan Davis stated that the former course is currently being transformed to include kayaking and paddleboat areas, luxury campsites, zip-lining, virtual archery range, an updated slip for the marina equipped with gas pumps, an amphitheater and a restaurant.

Davis stated that in the previous meeting, commissioners had requested that ODNR consider allowing the course to remain in operation while adding some of their proposed amenities, however, ODNR told commissioners earlier this week that keeping the golf course operational would not be possible.

While Commissioners are still unhappy with ODNR’s decision to close Shawnee State Park Golf Course, they feel strongly that they did everything within their power to inform ODNR of the wishes of the citizens of the county and now must do what they can to make sure this transformation is not wasted.

“Part of the reason we are where we are now is from lack of communication,” Davis said.

Davis stated that Commissioners now have a local contact with the project manager and will be receiving monthly updates on the progress of the project.

“This decision was made well above us, we tried to affect that decision and it just didn’t work out. I can’t say any more other than we tried genuinely because the voices we were hearing were strongly in opposition. But now here we are and we need to make this work for our community. We need to do everything we can to make this a win, not a loss, for our community,” said Davis.

Commissioners stated that they were informed that some parts of the project are still in the process of being approved by the Facilities Commission in Ohio, which prevents ONDR from announcing certain aspects of the project at this current time.

In other matters of clarification, Commissioner Mike Crabtree addressed some rumors he stated are circulating in relation to his campaign for another term as County Commissioner. Crabtree stated that he has no intention of resigning before the term expires, should he be elected.

“There’s a lot of rumors that go around, I don’t know where they come from or why they get around,” said Crabtree.

Crabtree stated that no one who spends money on a campaign would turn around and give the position away.

“My intention is to win this election and serve another four years for Scioto County,” said Crabtree. “I think we’ve been good for the county. We’ve been very conservative, maintaining a healthy budget, which is what we promised to do.”

Commissioner Davis also commented on the rumors circulating and stated, “During election time, people like to tell lies.”

By Ivy Potter

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Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

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Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

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