FLINTSTONE — Rocky Gap Casino Resort is taking hospitality to the next level. 

“It’s a very unique experience being in a state park,” General Manager Skylar Dice said, “so being able to take advantage of all this natural beauty around us, people really, really enjoy it. So we want to give them a great area to sit out here and enjoy the beautiful views.”

With the recent Lakeside Terrace upgrade, featuring a resculpted 2,400-square-foot terrace and lounge area, guests can sit back on Adirondack chairs and relax shoreside while taking in the views of Evitts Mountain and the 243-acre Lake Hebeeb.

“It’s beautiful,” Dice said.

Renovations were celebrated on Thursday with dozens of local and state officials, resort guests and community members attending a ribbon-cutting on the resort grounds. Attendees enjoyed music by local acoustic duo The Cramer Brothers.

Allegany County Commission President Jake Shade attended the event and said he is happy to see resort owner Lakes Entertainment’s commitment to the property. 

“We’re just pleased that Lakes is continuing to invest in their local facility here,” Shade said. “We can tell it’s one of the nicest casinos in the state and a destination for years to come.”

Previously a volleyball court, the new space hosts lighted walkways, various additional seating and several fire pits. 

Deleware resident Theresa Pitts is amazed by the new landscape.

“I was here last year and the volleyball court was there,” Pitts said, “and I thought ‘Oh my god what an upgrade.’ It’s gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.”

Pitts’ family travels to casinos regularly, but said they usually just stay for the day. That’s not the case at Rocky Gap. Pitts prefers to check in and take in the scenery.

“We are casino people,” she said, “but we usually just go for the day. We usually don’t stay any place because we don’t really like it, but we love this. We can paddle boat; we can go on the trails. We went to the aviary.”

In addition to Shade, Del. Jason Buckel, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission member James Stakem and Prince George’s County Del. Darryl Barnes attended the ceremony. 

Barnes said the day was “a golden opportunity” for community members.

“I think it’s a beautiful day and a wonderful event.” he said. “It’s a golden opportunity for the community and the citizens to be here to take advantage of all the things that are happening.”

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