Alum Creek State Park celebrates opening of $4.6 million marina

Power washers, window cleaners and gardeners were primping Ohio’s newest marina building for its opening Saturday — a $4.6 million centerpiece to a reimagined Alum Creek State Park.

To christen the new facility, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting Alum Creekend, a weekend celebration with games, paddling demonstrations, trail hikes, music, fishing and more Saturday and Sunday.

But the highlight will be the Delaware County park and its new marina at 4000 Hollenback Road, Mary Mertz, ODNR director, said.

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“We’re really sort of laser-focused on this park, and this is sort of the capstone,” she said.

Robertson Construction completed the project a few weeks ago. Subcontractors were adding landscaping, signs and other finish work Friday morning.

Jason Meyers, Alum Creek State Park manager, says the new marina will be easier to maintain and provide more comfort and services than in the past.  It has showers, a gift shop and a food concession.

Mertz said the 7,000 square-foot building’s bold blue color, towering cupola and open-air feel were modeled after the marina at Middle Bass Island on Lake Erie.

“We tried to capture that nautical feel,” she said.

First-time visitor Michael Tobin brought his wife, Michelle Aminov, and children Gaby, 3, and Aviva, 1 1/2 ,to rent a pontoon boat Friday.

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