‘Friends’ request money for Lake Darling cabins
Members of Friends of Lake Darling appeared before the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors Monday to ask for a contribution to build cabins in Lake Darling State Park.
Fay Vittetoe, president of Friends of Lake Darling, and Charles Rubey, treasurer of the group, asked the supervisors for money to help build a set of three four-season cabins at the park. In December, the group received almost $300,000 from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation to build three cabins, and the group is now fundraising to build a second set of three cabins, which is known as Phase II of the project.
Supervisor Dick Reed said Lake Darling is very nice and he appreciates what the Friends have done for the park, but he was concerned about the “dollars and cents.”
“I don’t see us having anything left in the budget for this,” he said.
Vittetoe said she didn’t expect an answer on funding from the supervisors right then and there.
“We knew your finances would be tight,” she said.
Supervisor Lee Dimmitt told Vittetoe the supervisors would need time to review county finances to see if money is available for a contribution. The supervisors took no action on the matter.
Vittetoe said the group is in a time crunch to raise money for the second set of cabins. The Department of Natural Resources has earmarked $200,000 toward the second set of cabins, but not until fiscal year 2016.
However, the Department of Natural Resources has offered to build all six cabins at once if Friends of Lake Darling can have enough money raised by June of this year. Vittetoe said the Friends have less than two months left before bid letting. If the Friends can raise enough money by June, the DNR will build the cabins this fall. The cost of completing all six cabins is about $900,000.
The cabins will be 765 square feet in size. They will be between the campground and the four-season lodge in a shaded area overlooking the lake. They will contain two bedrooms, a futon sleeper in the great room as well as heating and air conditioning, allowing them to be used year-round.
As many as eight people can stay in a cabin, all of which are handicapped accessible. The cabins have a full kitchen, a bathroom and an extra 255 square feet devoted to a desk/patio. Concrete trails will connect the cabins to the campground as well as to the lodge, beach, fishing jetties and boathouse.