Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park


Public Process

DCNR and the Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Task Force are involved in a public process to determine what features are possible at the park to restore opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors.

Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Public Input Summary Presentation (pdf 5,590 kb, 5/17/16)

Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Public Input Report (pdf 3,273 kb, 3/24/16)

To make a difference and be involved in the future of the park, contact the park office or connect with the Friends of Ryerson Station State Park. This all-volunteer group’s mission is to “promote the educational, recreational, cultural, and historic aspects of the park; to improve the park through volunteer opportunities, and to reconnect individuals and families with the outdoors.” Please visit the Friends of Ryerson Station State Park on Facebook for more information.

Re-Vision Ryerson Station State Park Timeline

Duke Lake within Ryerson Station State Park was drawn down in July 2005 for safety reasons after inspections of the dam uncovered ground movement and increased water seepage.

In April 2013, DCNR and CONSOL Energy, Inc., settled a lawsuit related to the impact of longwall mining in the area on the dam. The settlement award will enable the commonwealth to make improvements and add 506 acres to the park.

The settlement agreement between the two parties was the result of a two-month mediation process and public comment period. Below are the related documents.

News Release: CONSOL Settlement News Release (pdf 88 kb, 4/24/2013)

Letter from DCNR Secretary Allan to the Mediator (pdf 242 kb, 2/06/2013)

Interim Report from the Mediator (pdf 4,781 kb, 02/01/2013)

Settlement Agreement (pdf 1,377 kb, 03/08/2013)

In 2015, DCNR withdrew the permit to rebuild the dam due to continued ground movement.

News Release: DCNR to Withdraw Permit Application for Dam at Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County (pdf 90 kb, 7/24/15)