AOAA likely to open in spring
SHAMOKIN - The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) will likely be opening in late spring next year, according to three of the authority members Monday night at a workshop meeting.
Authority Chairman Jim Backes discussed with authority members David Crowl and Barry Yorwarth what needs to happen in order to have a grand opening event in four to six months.
If they want to stick to spring, Backes said they would need to hire a park manager by March, which means they would need to conduct interviews in February and advertise for the position in January.
With that goal in mind, he said the authority would need to approve a job description and fees by next month's meeting.
The grand opening would mean a ribbon cutting with state, county and local officials, riding club members and all active individuals who made the park a reality, he said.
The date is not yet locked down, but the authority members said they would want to have a three-day grand opening weekend.
The opening of the park was delayed this year when PennDOT, which reviewed the original bids, took issue with paperwork regarding state laws on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) submitted by the electrical engineer.
With a new electrical engineer, Kreco Electric of Coal Township, hired, the project's $1.6 million welcome center project was able to continue.
They expect all electrical work to be completed within two weeks. They are currently waiting on PPL to finalize some paperwork with the Public Utility Commission.