Oakland, Maryland (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
The Garrett County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce Maryland’s legislative approval of a one million dollar State Bond submitted by the county’s elected representatives to support the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) and its preparation to host the 2014 International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Championships. The event, to be held September 16 – 21, 2014 will bring competitors and spectators from around the world to Garrett County.
The ICF awarded the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships to ASCI following presentations at its April 2011 board meeting in Paris, France. The ICF selected ASCI’s “Deep Creek 2014: ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships” bid over competing entries from Vienna, Austria and Krakow, Poland. ICF 2013 Championships are being held in Prague, Czech Republic; the 2015 ICF Championships are being held in London, United Kingdom.
“Hosting this international event is a big honor for Garrett County and for the western Maryland district,” commented Maryland State Senator and State Bond Bill co-sponsor George Edwards. “I am confident that this funding will be well-used, and that the event will have an significant, long-term, and positive impact on regional economic development.”
“We are so proud to have made a successful bid for the ICF 2014 event,” remarked Commissioner Gregan Crawford. “This State Bond funding underscores how important the ICF event will be in showcasing the ASCI facility, our beautiful county, and the Mountain Maryland region.”
When disbursed later this summer, State Bond proceeds will be used to partially fund approximately $2.6M in important infrastructure improvements to the ASCI whitewater course and facilities as well as vehicle access roads and pedestrian walkways. Deep Creek Lake 2014 and county economic development staffers are working diligently to secure the balance of funding from other public and private sources.
“These improvements will enable the ASCI facility to take a big step forward,” remarked Deep Creek 2014 event Executive Director, Todd Copley. “The State Bond funding will not only ensure we’re ready to host a world-class sporting event in 2014, it will ensure the facility is ready to attract and host similar caliber events into the future.”
About Garrett County, Maryland:
Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is the jewel of Mountain Maryland. Centrally located within three-hour drive west from metropolitan Washington, DC and Baltimore, two-hour drive from metropolitan Pittsburgh, and a 45-minute drive from Morgantown, West Virginia and Cumberland, Maryland, Garrett County straddles the eastern continental divide. Garrett County is home to Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, its only ski resort, WISP Mountain Resort, and its highest peak, Backbone Mountain at 3360 feet.
About the Adventure Sports Center International, Inc.:
The Adventure Sports Center International, Inc. (ASCI) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization formed to promote adventure tourism and healthy outdoor lifestyles. ASC, Inc. operates the world’s only mountaintop river park and has taken over 45,000 people rafting since it opened in 2007. In 2012, ASC, Inc. was wholly acquired by Garrett County and has since operated as part of the County Enterprise Fund under the leadership of the County Commissioners.