Advertisement

Berkeley Co. lake projects land funding

January 16, 1998

Berkeley Co. lake projects land funding

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two recreational lake projects in Berkeley County have received funding, one from the County Commission and the other from the state.

On Thursday, the County Commission authorized the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board to spend up to $25,000 more to finish excavation on a three-to-four-acre lake at the 137-acre Poor House Farm Park three miles west of Martinsburg.

The Commission in September approved spending $25,000 to begin excavation on the lake project. The lake will be used for fishing and other recreational activities. Parks and Recreation Board Director Steve Catlett told the Commission that the additional funding would help finish the excavating so the lake could be completed by fall.

Advertisement

"Most of the equipment has been donated and then we pay the operators" and fuel costs, Catlett said. The Woods Resort donated two pieces of excavating equipment and the board has leased a bulldozer, he said.

"If we were to have contracted this project out, we've had estimates that it would have cost $250,000 to $300,000," Catlett said after the meeting.

Catlett said the board is working to raise another $1 million for the second phase of rebuilding the War Memorial Park pool.

Last month the Martinsburg City Council and County Commission signed off on the first phase. That $1 million project is scheduled to have the pool, which has been closed for the past two summers, open by July 4.

The second phase would involve enclosing the pool, making it a year-round facility, Catlett said.

He said the Parks and Recreation Board is forming a fund-raising committee for the second phase.

Catlett hopes the project will attract some state funding because "it will benefit the whole Eastern Panhandle."

Gov. Cecil Underwood's office announced this week that a $20,000 grant from the governor's contingency fund was approved for a handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Sleepy Creek Lake west of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Sleepy Creek is a hunting and fishing area in both Berkeley and Morgan counties and managed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|