POINT PLEASANT — Upgrades to Krodel Park made a splash during this week’s luncheon hosted by the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking at the luncheon were Leigh Ann Shepard, who is on Point Pleasant City Council and on the city’s recreation committee, and Mayor Brian Billings. Both Shepard and Billings spoke about the work going on at the park, including the upgrades to the playground and funding for a splash pad.
As for the playground, Shepard said phase three is left to be funded and this includes the zip line for kids. The total cost for this phase of the project is $25,000 with $12,150 raised so far, leaving $13,350 to fund. The zip line was the most requested item when the upgraded playground was developed and it will also have an additional bay for smaller children and those with special needs.
Phases which have already been completed at the playground included the installation of a barn oodle swing, Mothman teeter totter, swings, toddler swings, entry way, a boat and landscaping material. Fencing is still being erected and includes the placement of individualized fence pickets which are still being sold. Shephard said the total cost of the playground project was $161,000, the total raised so far has been $147,950 which was generated through grants, picket sales, donations, fund raisers, sponsorships, etc.
To finish the project and fund the zip line, in addition to selling pickets, a bingo fundraiser is being set for April 1, as well as donations being taken in front of the Point Pleasant Municipal Building the same day, and grants are still being pursued.
Billings then talked about the splash pad project which began a couple of years ago. A reason why the splash pad was chosen was that it was something children of all ages and abilities could take advantage of; there is no standing water, making it safe for infants and toddlers; it’s motion activated with the water shutting off in 15 minutes if no motion detected; it’s programmable to go off and turn on at a certain time.
Billings said in addition, Krodel was chosen as the site for the pad, due to its proximity to the new playground and an existing building which can house the plumbing and equipment for the splash pad. He said the pad is 41 x 58-feet in diameter and will be contained in a fenced in area. There will be 19 features on the splash pad, all with river themes.
The total cost for the pad is $68,260 with a total of $7,225 raised so far, which much of that going into the initial design work for the project. Shepard and Billings indicated there will be more concentrated efforts to start fundraising for the splash pad now that the playground project is wrapping up. There are a variety of sponsorship levels available for those who wish to donate now.
“We need your help,” Billings told those at the luncheon. “We’re determined to make this happen.”
Shepard said by providing more activities for children, it’s hoped more campers might visit Krodel for family vacations and utilize the park even more. In the works, is the upgrade to the walking trail at the park as well.
Other announcements at the luncheon:
The Business of the Month is NAPA Mitchell Auto Parts.
April 27 is the annual chamber dinner with Dr. E. Gordon Gee speaking.
June 15 is the annual chamber golf tournament at Riverside Golf Course in Mason.
The next chamber luncheon is noon, March 28 at the Mason County Library in Point Pleasant, speaker to be announced.
Leading the meeting was Chamber Secretary Jody Deweese. The luncheon was held at the Marshall Mid-Ohio Valley Center.
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