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Beech Bottom receives federal funding for the park | News, Sports, Jobs

BEECH BOTTOM – A park that has been a hub of activity for Beech Bottom, including a fall festival slated for October 9, will be renovated thanks to a grant secured by two U.S. Senators.

US Senators Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va .; announced that the village is one of eight communities in West Virginia that will receive money from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Mayor Becky Uhlly said the Beech Bottom council approved a 100 percent match for the $ 83,478 awarded through the fund.

She said the money would be used to repave and line the village’s Third Street Park basketball court and replace the mulch around its playground equipment with a rubber base deemed safer and more durable.

Uhlly said there are plans to install a swing that is accessible to people with disabilities as well.

Located near the center of the village, the park was the site of an annual community picnic hosted by the village and will be the site of a fall festival on October 9.

Sponsored by village officials, the event will feature craft and food vendors, a corn hole tournament and cake walk for adults, and cart rides to a pumpkin patch for children to enjoy. choose a pumpkin. The music will be provided by a disc jockey from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and by the group Fallen Under from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There will also be inflatable attractions for children, face painting and a cartoonist.

Also receiving grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Wheeling Park, $ 166,678 for its swimming pool and public baths; Huntington Park, $ 197,714 for a lookout; the Town of Morgantown, $ 120,000 for Hazel Ruby McQuain Park; Nitro Park, $ 105,000 for a spray pad; the town of Beckley for its Freedom Park playground; and the Town of Richwood for the modernization of its swimming pool.

Manchin and Capito indicated last year that they supported the Great American Outdoors Act, a law that allocated $ 900 million to the LWCF and supported deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.

Manchin said, “With 54 of our 55 counties having received LWCF investments at any given time, the benefits of the LWCF can be felt throughout the mountain state. These LWCF funds are essential to supporting our state’s strong and growing outdoor recreation economy and strengthening our local communities.

Capito said, “West Virginia is nationally recognized for its beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities. With this in mind, I have long supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps preserve our outdoor spaces for future generations. This funding will help with site redevelopment efforts across West Virginia, while helping to improve park infrastructure in communities important to our state. “

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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