Last updated: March 05. 2014 5:54PM - 431 Views
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Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily NewsRita Edmondson began her term as park manager on March 1. She said she is excited to continue the renovation projects at the park to provide a place for the community to get together.
Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily NewsRita Edmondson began her term as park manager on March 1. She said she is excited to continue the renovation projects at the park to provide a place for the community to get together.
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Pine Mountain State Resort Park is under new management as of March 1.


Rita Edmondson took the position after much involvement with the parks system ranging from hospitality to working in the business office.


Her prior work with former manager Stephen Eastin, as well as three months of experience as acting park manager, has readied her for such a position.


“We’re looking at several upgrades to the park that I’d really like to see happen. It all comes down to funding, but we want things to come about,” said Edmondson.


Edmondson was born and raised in the Pineville area. These ties give her the drive to push the park in a positive direction and give her hope for the new position.


“I’m excited to see the park move forward. I hope to see new things come in, I’m excited to try and I have a vision. I remember what the park was like when I was a kid and I want to see the community be able to use it like that again,” said Edmondson.


The lodge and restaurant are undergoing extensive renovations but remain open to visitors.


Visitors will be able to dine in the Ray Harm Room while construction is being finished.


Construction is projected to be completed prior to the Mountain Laurel Festival at the end of May.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.


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