Rumors of Hot Springs closure in Thermopolis are False, according to State official

The Pitchengine Communities were advised of a rumor now circulating in Thermopolis that the Star Plunge, one of several commercial swimming and soaking attractions in Hot Springs State Park was being closed by the state. In a Facebook Post received by, a reader said they were told by a Star Plunge employee this week that the attraction is going to be made into a parking lot. There's even a petition being circulated asking the public to contact Wyoming State Parks about the issue. "Nonsense," said Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson when contacted in Cheyenne. "None of that is true." The state agency manages all of the state park facilities across the state, including the concessionaires at Hot Springs. "We are continuing with a month to month lease with the Star Plunge as we finish a master plan which should be out in early 2016," Simpson said. An employee who answered the phone at the swimming pool this afternoon said the owner, Roland Luehne, wasn't available, but he acknowledged that the business is circulating a petition and telling customers that they'll be turned into a parking lot. "That's what it looks like from a master plan I've seen, we're a turn-around area," the employee said. "I think they are trying to do to us what they did to the Tipi Pools last year." The state parks entered into a new lease with the neighboring attraction which required the Tipi Pools to upgrade its facilities and make needed repairs that had been ignored for years while it negotiated a new lease. "There is no truth to this rumor," Simpson reiterated. He said numerous public meetings have been held in Thermopolis on the proposed 20-year-master plan with lots of local input. A draft plan was released last June and public comment has been accepted since that time. Hot Springs State Park is the most visited park in the Wyoming State Park System with some four-million visits a year, including local visits. *Feature Photo: Hot Springs State Park at Thermopolis. (WSPCR / Pitchengine Communities) * #county10 #oilcity #news