Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn visited Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County to dedicate a new pool complex and solar arrays that shade the pool parking area.
“DCNR is committed to enhancing recreational opportunities that benefit not just park visitors at Ryerson Station, but also surrounding communities and their economies here in Greene County,” Dunn said. “This state-of-the-art pool complex and other park improvements are direct results of public input and participation centering on the future of Ryerson Station.”
The new pool complex includes a “zero entry” pool, waterslide and spray park. The new parking lot located at the site of the old pool is equipped with solar shading structures that provide all the electricity needed at the park.
The Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Task Force, formed to examine future park recreational opportunities, called for swimming and camping improvements at Ryerson Station. The campground renovations including new shower facilities; three deluxe camping cottages; and full hookups on seven campsites were previously completed.
“We are proud to be here today to celebrate the tremendous improvements at Ryerson Station from a recreation and conservation perspective,” DCNR Deputy Secretary John Norbeck said. “Families will be able to visit the new pool and spray ground and we will be able to operate another of our state parks at net zero, thanks to a focus on sustainability and green infrastructure.”
DCNR’s sustainability initiative includes adding small-scale solar arrays in state parks and forests, electric vehicle charging stations, reduction of internal combustion engine passenger vehicles within the agency’s fleet, and high-performance buildings.
Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park was drawn down in July 2005 for safety reasons after inspections of the dam revealed seepage and dam foundation movement. In April 2013, DCNR and Consol Energy Inc. settled a lawsuit related to the impact of longwall mining in the area on the dam. Settlement funds financed the estimated $10 million pool complex costs.
A future project at the park includes stream restoration work addressing fish habitat and waterway access.
Located in Greene County’s southwestern corner near the West Virginia border, Ryerson Station’s 1,164 acres offers visitors hiking, fishing, picnicking, and winter activities. Visit DCNR’s website for more information about Ryerson Station State Park.