Facelifts Coming For Parks, Ballfields

Several parks and playgrounds in Moundsville will undergo renovations in the coming months, according to Moundsville Mayor and Parks and Recreation Chairman Gene Saunders.

Saunders said the department will begin an estimated $15,000-$17,000 project to renovate the Park View Playground at the former Park View Elementary School. New playground equipment, including a sliding board and new swing sets, will be ordered in the next two weeks, he said. Workers will repaint lines on the basketball court and replace rims and backboards. All the work will be done by the Parks and Recreation Department.

According to Saunders, Williams Energy has expressed interest in donating to the project, but he did not have a proposed amount from the company Friday. The rest will be funded by the Parks and Recreation Department. He said the goal is to have the playground renovated by the end of summer.

The city also will work with American Legion Post 3 to renovate the fields at Valley Fork City Park once they have been fully cleared of debris from recent flooding. According to Saunders, the Legion is donating new fencing and dirt for the fields and will be doing the majority of the labor. He also said Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon law offices donated $3,000 toward a new digital scoreboard at the field.

“There is still a lot of damage done at the ballfield and after its cleaned up, we have to do some cosmetic work to get it ready,” Saunders said. “The soccer fields are totally destroyed, so we are going to have to do them next after all the debris is cleaned up.”

Meanwhile, exercise enthusiasts will be happy to see new stationary bikes and treadmills at Four Season Pool within the next two weeks.

The new gym area will replace the former jacuzzi room and will be located in the back of the pool building. The project has an estimated cost of $12,000 for the equipment.