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Edwards Clarifies Privatization Concerns with ‘Save the Gap’

November 29th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Flyers, postcards and signs around the county have been popping up in the past few months with the slogan “Save the Gap”, a reference to what some believe is an effort to privatize Rocky Gap State Park. Members of a task force studying future potential uses of some sections of the park made it clear at a recent public meeting that there are no plans to sell the park or see it closed to the public. State Senator George Edwards, co –chairs the 11-member Task Force on the Economic Future of Western Maryland, and he tells WCBC News that language in a recommendation that used the term “privatization” has created some of the misunderstanding.  With state funding for parks declining, Edwards said there have been discussions centered on allowing commercial interests to utilize some areas of the park to generate revenue, but there are absolutely no intentions of closing off Rocky Gap for public use…