CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An effort to build a new pool at Camp Virgil Tate is ongoing, and those in charge of fundraising for the project are optimistic the facility will be constructed in the not-too-distant future.
Karri Wade, a WVU Extension Service agent for Kanawha County, said the local 4-H Foundation has raised about two-thirds of the money needed to construct a new swimming pool and wading pool and renovate the bathhouse to meet modern building code provisions, like the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"We're really excited about it," she said.
Wade declined to provide the latest cost estimate for the pool, saying she would like to divulge that information at the same time architectural plans are publicly revealed during the "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser on Dec. 14.
However, Wade did say the cost will be not far from previous estimates that ranged from $700,000 to $750,000.
"We're pretty cautious with our estimate," she said.
Wade said the money raised for the pool project so far includes an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 that the foundation expects to receive from timbering camp and county land near Camp Virgil Tate.
In July, the 4-H Foundation board and the Kanawha County Commission voted to allow just over 430 acres of land to be timbered near the camp. Currently, the 4-H Foundation is waiting on a timbering and maintenance plan to be completed by the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
The plan is expected to be complete in time for the 4-H Foundation's December board meeting. Once the foundation and the county commission approve the plan, the project will be put up for bid by private companies, Wade said.
The timbering plan will include future uses the camp has planned for the area. Wade said timbering will allow for future construction of campsites, a potential public shooting range and other facilities, though those ideas likely won't happen just yet.
"It'll tell us what we need to do to maintain our property for years to come," Wade said of the maintenance plan. "We really want to make the area more of a recreation destination."
As for the pool, Wade said the earliest construction could begin would be late next summer, providing funding is in place. In that scenario, the pool would be ready for the 2015 season.
"We would love to be able to go to bid in the summer of 2014," she said.