Ceremony set Feb. 10 to mark donation of Atwood Lake Resort to Carroll County

February 1, 2012

The keys to Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center will be handed over to the Carroll County commissioners next week.

 

Commissioners will meet at the 104-room resort with officials from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) on Feb. 10 at 11:15 a.m. for a ceremony to sign the documents that finalize the donation of the resort to the commissioners by the MWCD.

 

Other local and state officials also are expected to attend the ceremony.

 

The official transfer ownership of the 47-year-old lodge and golf course to the county from the MWCD concludes several years of work by the MWCD to find a new owner for the facility. Commissioners said they hope to open it as soon as possible and will begin an aggressive effort to locate an appropriate operator.

 

The resort closed in October 2010 after the MWCD was unable to stop mounting financial losses at the facility that overlooks Atwood Lake.

 

Members of the MWCD Board of Directors agreed this summer to determine the interest of other governmental agencies in taking over the Atwood Lake Resort property through donation, and specifically the consideration of Carroll County commissioners, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Officials from ODNR declined the offer, and Kent State University at Tuscarawas has said on several occasions that it is interested in potential partnerships with any future operation of the resort, but that it does not want to own the property.

 

Carroll County commissioners announced an immediate interest in taking over the lodge and recently said they will be working to find an appropriate operator.

 

Atwood Lake Park, which is operated by the MWCD, and the two marinas located on Atwood Lake (Atwood Lake Boats Marina East and Atwood Lake Boats Marina West that are owned by private operators on property leased from the MWCD) remain open for business as usual.

 

The lodge is located on about 600 acres of property owned by the MWCD off Rt. 542 between Sherrodsville and Dellroy in Carroll County and when it was fully operational, included the 104-room main hotel, dining room and conference center, two golf courses (an 18-hole regulation course and a lighted, nine-hole, par-3 course), 17 vacation cabins and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, along with other amenities.

 

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to

the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

 

For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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