- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2005

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A world-class white-water training center being built in far Western Maryland has fallen behind schedule and faces the possibility of higher-than-expected construction costs, officials said.

The problems appear likely to derail developers’ hopes of opening North America’s first recirculating white-water training course.

A similar project near Charlotte, N.C., the U.S. National Whitewater Center, is expected to open in June 2006, at least a month sooner than the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) under development near the Garrett County town of McHenry.

ASCI Executive Director Brian Trusty said the Maryland course could open in July or August of next year. Developers had previously projected a May 2006 opening.

Mr. Trusty and state Delegate George C. Edwards, chairman of the project’s board of directors, said plans are being revised after bids for Phase II, which included building the 1,200-foot artificial river, exceeded the architect’s estimate by as much as 90 percent.

Those two bids were rejected, and the project will be rebid in smaller pieces that organizers hope will come closer to $9 million to $10 million.

The first phase, a $3.4 million pump house and related machinery, was completed earlier this year.

The public-private venture has received $4.1 million from the state, $2.9 million in federal funds, $1.3 million from Garrett County and $2 million from sales of land donated by DC Development LLC, owner of Wisp and the Deep Creek Mountain Resort.

Mr. Edwards said he has asked Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, for $1.5 million for the project in next year’s capital budget. A proposed $2 million capital appropriation for this year was whittled down to a $270,000 bond bill in negotiations with the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders, he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trusty said the board will seek more private funding by looking for foundation grants and possibly corporate sponsorships. “That is an undiscovered territory for us,” he said.

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