When life gave lemons to three West Virginia state parks, parks officials found a way to make lemonade, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
The lemons were some seldom-used picnic shelters. The lemonade they made from them are unique group-camping sites.
The sites, located at Beech Fork State Park in Wayne County, Babcock State Park in Fayette County and Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne County, weren’t attracting picnickers and party-throwers, so park supervisors decided to find another use for them.
“They were low-use shelters to begin with,” said Matt Yeager, district administrator for the state parks department. “The idea of using them for group camping goes back to a camping trip I took with my daughter’s school group. We needed a place to set up tents, and to have a shelter where we do our cooking in inclement weather.”
Yeager figured that instead of spreading the kids’ tents throughout a campground, it might be better to consolidate them in one place. Apparently other parents and camping organizers thought the same. When Yeager was a park superintendent, he received requests from scouting and church groups for a place to set up group camps.
“We had a few areas that seemed to be fitting for that,” he said. “We had some shelters that weren’t used much, but were stationed well with restrooms and other facilities nearby.”
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