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New Lake Hope Lodge still set to open in August

March 14, 2012

By Paul McManis

Commoner Journal staff writer

The new Lake Hope Lodge is slated to be completed by August. (Photos courtesy of ODNR)

Despite a winter that has produced plenty of rainfall, officials overseeing the construction of the Lake Hope Lodge say its completion will still come in August.

Architect David Reiser of RVC Architects said construction of the building is slightly behind schedule because of the rainfall, but said workers are making a great deal of progress when the rain stops falling.

“Things are moving along quite well,” Reiser said.

With the project completion deadline of August drawing near, Reiser said he has not lost the enthusiasm that comes with the project.

“We’re still excited about this project,” he said.

Another person excited about the project is Lake Hope Park Manager Randy Zeisler.

Zeisler said that although construction has been a little slow, he is happy with the overall progress of the construction, which he said has remained “right on track” as far as the budget.

Zeisler said he has been watching the construction process and said he believes the public will be thrilled when they see the final outcome of the project.

“This is going to be beautiful. It’s really shaping up nice. I think a lot of people are going to be really pleased with the final product,” Zeisler said.

It is a final product that will be as close as possible to the original lodge, both Reiser and Zeisler said, but one that officials are asking for the public to help complete.

To bring back the memories of the old lodge, which was completely destroyed by a fire in 2006, Reiser and Zeisler are asking for the public to share old photographs, quilts, wildlife mounts, and various other articles that remind people of the old lodge or articles that are relevant to the area.

Reiser said anyone wishing to submit such material should contact his office and give descriptive information regarding items they wish to submit. They can do that by emailing their information reiser(at)

Zeisler said a specific business plan has not been finalized as of yet, but said plenty of other opportunities for community involvement will be offered once the lodge is completed.

He said one early plan includes an artisan gallery where local artists can display their work to the community. He said the lodge should be a place where skilled or talented people in the surrounding communities should be able to put those talents and gifts on display. He said anyone interested in displaying such work or art should contact Lake Hope officials with information about their trade.

Zeisler said he looks forward to the lodge’s completion, but said there is plenty of time to still enjoy nature at Lake Hope State Park, even before the lodge is complete. He said with spring quickly approaching, there will be plenty to do and he encouraged the public to take advantage of what the park has to offer.

“Spring is coming,” Zeisler said. “I would encourage everybody to get out and enjoy it.”

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