Members of a stakeholders’ committee formed to advocate for the resurrection of Denton Hill State Park as the centerpiece of a broader tourist promotion strategy will reconvene in the coming weeks. The committee is working as a liaison with the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. Members see the park as the centerpiece for a broader strategy – open as a year-round attraction and a link to other state parks and attractions in the region. Potter County Visitors Association and the Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance are among the stakeholders. Lyman Run State Park, the expanded Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, and trails in the Susquehannock State Forest are among the other attractions that would be linked.
Consulting firm Moshier Studio of Pittsburgh landed a state contract to study Denton Hill State Park under a plan that would refurbish the ski area and develop other facilities and attractions. Equipment such as lifts, snowmakers, groomers, lighting, safety padding and rentals will need to be either upgraded or acquired in order for skiing to return. State officials have made no commitment to having the ski area open for the 2015-16 season. The park will reopen for two archery festivals this summer, but beyond that it will remain idle for the foreseeable future.