Upgrades progress at Deep Creek 2014 site

Elaine BlaisdellCumberland Times-News

MCHENRY — With 260 days left until the largest inbound international sporting event in the United States this year, physical preparations have begun for Deep Creek 2014: International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships.

Beitzel Corp. of Grantsville is making minor modifications to the whitewater course at Adventure Sports Center International, according to Joe Schroyer, director of operations at ASCI. Waldon Studio Architects in Columbia is working on the designs for the natural amphitheater and the 800-square-foot pavilion, which once complete will go out for bid for construction.

“We hope to begin construction late winter, early spring,” said Schroyer.

ASCI, which opened in 2007, is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course, and was built to host Deep Creek 2014.

“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to build that facility on the hill,” said Sen. George Edwards previously. “It’s there and look what it’s done, it’s drawn this fantastic event to Garrett County, which is going to benefit this part of the state tremendously. This, as I see it, is maybe the first stepping stone. We can be the epicenter of adventure sports not only in Maryland, and the United States but in the world.”

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