Alive Festival not affected by proposed sale of Atwood Resort

November 30, 2009

The proposed sale of Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center will not impact the development and performances of the Alive 2010 Festival at nearby Atwood Lake Park.


The festival, scheduled June 23-26 next year, is a four-day Christian music festival that is moving to Atwood Lake Park and will hold its initial performances there in 2010. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), which manages Atwood Lake Park in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, has a 10-year agreement with the Alive Festival to be held at the park.


Atwood Lake Park, located on the north side of Atwood Lake, consists of more than 600 campsites, a swimming beach, activity center, hiking trails, 10 family vacation cabins and other amenities. Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center, often referred to as Atwood Lodge, is a 104-room hotel and meeting center, along with two golf courses, a restaurant and other amenities located on the south side of the lake.


Alive officials said they were contacted by some festival customers who asked about the future of the event after the announcement last week that the MWCD is concerned about continuing financial losses at Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center. The MWCD owns the resort.


“Atwood Lake Park and the resort are two distinct operations and are at two separate locations,” said John M. Hoopingarner, MWCD executive director/secretary. “The MWCD has a contract in place with the Alive Festival operators for the development of the festival on the grounds of Atwood Lake Park, and there is absolutely no relationship between the efforts by the MWCD to sell the resort and the festival scheduled next summer at Atwood Lake Park.


“Ticket sales and campground reservations presently are being taken by the Alive Festival for the event in 2010 at Atwood Lake Park and that will continue without any interruption. The MWCD is eagerly anticipating the first Alive Festival in 2010 at Atwood Lake Park.”


Tickets and more information about the festival are available at


Work is continuing on the development of the 7½-acre site for Alive Festival events inside Atwood Lake Park, Hoopingarner said, adding that grading, seeding, road construction and stage preparations are under way.


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 Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs (including Atwood Lake) and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government.


For more information about the MWCD, visit


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