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Park project seeks continued support

September 25, 2012
By Beth Henry-Vance - City editor , The Inter-Mountain

A multipurpose building at Glendale Park in Elkins is coming along quickly, thanks to support from the community as well as the local YouthBuild program.

The building could be complete by late fall if everything continues to go well, Phil Gainer, director of Elkins Parks and Recreation, said. It will include restrooms, an 8-by-16-foot area for a concession stand and a storage area for park equipment. Youth soccer and football programs already plan to use the concession stand.

Gainer said the building has received a great deal of support so far - amounting to about $59,000 in grants and donations.

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Chris Bell, YouthBuild assistant, works recently on the new building at Glendale Park, which will house a concession stand, storage space and restrooms.

"Any individual, groups or organizations who'd like to donate or help would be more than welcome," he said in a recent interview. "We still need about $30,000."

Smith Backhoe & Dozer Service of Elkins donated approximately $10,000 worth of time and labor for the project's electrical, water and sewer lines, while Gainer said the city's street department completed the foundation and floor, totaling about $4,000 worth of work.

An anonymous donor gave $12,000 to pay for all the fixtures and doors in the restrooms, and the youth soccer and football programs have committed to donating $3,000 each, Gainer added.

Delegates Bill Hartman and Denise Campbell, both D-Randolph, also have supported the project through a $4,000 community partnership grant from the state. A second such grant for $15,000 is helping make the building a reality thanks to Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph.

Gainer pointed out the Randolph County Commission also designated $10,000 for the project.

Once the foundation was complete, the YouthBuild program was contracted to take on the task of constructing the rest of the building. That will include everything from laying block, setting doors and putting in plumbing fixtures to installing the roof and shingles and putting on vinyl siding.

Gainer said YouthBuild started the project with two workers - construction supervisor Randy Cunningham and assistant Chris Bell. The program will continue with a crew of seven to nine young people who take part in YouthBuild to gain job skills.

More information about helping the building project at Glendale Park is available by contacting Gainer at 304-636-3960.

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