Saturday, May 21, 2016

Waterpark expansion expected to double guest traffic

With the addition of two 300-foot water slides and expansions that include the addition of new beach, a new cantina, and 40 new inflatable giant water toys, officials at West Virginia's largest outdoor-adventure resort predict traffic will double at its five-acre water park in 2016 .

More than 80,000 guests are expected to visit ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill this summer, and many of those visitors will be coming specifically to enjoy Wonderland Waterpark, according to Heidi Prior, marketing director for the resort on the rim of the New River Gorge.

Local hero rescues neglected monument on New River

Plumley at Beury Monument
PRINCE, W.Va. -- Ralph Plumley did what no one else had managed. He rescued a long-neglected monument that had been raised to Colonel Joseph Lawton Beury (1842-1903), the first man to ship coal out of the New River Coal Field. While several agencies debated how and when and whether to rescue the brier-draped obelisk, Ralph Plumley quietly did so.

"I just thought saving it was the right thing to do," Plumley said while surveying his handiwork. "I didn't know that anyone else was trying to do anything about it. I just wanted people to know it was there and to be able to visit."

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