Saturday, July 30, 2016

U.S. 19 welcome center on schedule for Scout Jamboree

US-19 traffic races past welcome center site
Construction of a U.S. 19 welcome center for the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope is on track for completion in time for the national Boy Scout Jamboree in July 2017. According to Gary Hartley, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, the construction site on the expressway has been graded, and construction of the J.W. & Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center has begun in earnest and will continue full force, weather permitting.

The center will serve as the main entrance and parking area for the 11,000-acre reserve and will include seating areas, retail and exhibit spaces, a climbing wall, and restroom facilities accessible from both inside and outside, Hartley said. Reserve guests will also be welcomed and credentialed as they arrive at the center, which will provide parking for more than 12,000 vehicles. Plazas outside will allow groups to congregate before they are transported to the Scott Summit Center within the reserve. The site will also feature J.W. Point, an overlook offering views of the mountainous landscape.

Center will park more than 12,000 cars.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve draws thousands of visitors each year, and plays host to the national Scout jamboree every four years, welcoming more than 80,000 visitors to the New River Gorge region. The reserve will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, which will bring Scouts from all over the world.

For more information on the Bechtel Reserve and the Ruby Welcome Center, visit the Scouting Newsroom: BSA breaks ground on new welcome center for Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

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