Progress being made on revamping recreation

Last updated: February 10. 2014 9:19PM - 1024 Views
Beth Sergent bsergent@civitasmedia.com

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POINT PLEASANT — Two major projects are gaining steam to revitalize Krodel Park and Point Pleasant when it comes to recreational activities.

At last night’s regular meeting of Point Pleasant City Council, the quests to build a new playground and revamp the walking trail were addressed.

First up, a group of volunteers and citizens which formed to design and finance a custom designed community-build playground, updated council on their progress. Speaking for the group were Leigh Ann and Gilbert Shepard. The progress report included touching upon last Friday being “design day” when a representative from the firm chosen by the committee took measurements of the existing playground, spoke with local officials about the historic aspects of Point Pleasant and met with students at Point Pleasant Intermediate School. Students gave their opinion on what they wanted to see at Krodel.

The first draft of the design was presented to council and included items such as a “tot lot” for children ages two-five as well as a variety of offerings for kids of all ages and seating for their parents to monitor it all. Next up for the group, getting estimates for the equipment to put this project together within a budget of around $125-150,000. This is all being done through fund raising and donations - the city has no money invested. Council unanimously approved the design with the group’s suggestions.

Also appearing before council, Becky Wood, secretary of the Point Pleasant Wellness Trail Committee which is currently applying for a grant from the West Virginia Department of Transportation. The group hopes to renovate and upgrade the current walking trail at Krodel. The WVDOT grant is not the only funding source they are considering and Wood said the group has a solid promise from the Claflin Foundation for funding as well. Other grant funding sources are also being explored, Wood said.

Wood said right now the cost estimate for the project is $169,000. The group hopes to make the trail six-feet wide, have four inches of aggregate base, three inches of asphalt on top of that and one inch of wearing asphalt. The first phase of the project is the trail upgrade and putting in fitness areas. The second phase will be upgrading lighting and equipping these fitness areas. The third phase will be a connecting walking trail along the flood wall.

On the committee are Councilman Bob Rulen, Darlene Haer is treasurer. Also on the committee, Kenny Boyles, Ron Durst, Roger McKinney, Diana Riddle, Chip Wood.

Donations for the project can be sent to Darlene Haer, treasurer, 7649 Ohio River Rd., Point Pleasant, WV, 25550 or dropped off at any Peoples Bank locations. Checks should be made out to Point Pleasant Walking Trail Fund. All donations are tax deductible.

Mayor Brian Billings and members of council complimented both groups for their efforts to improve the community.

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