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Park project planned for spring

December 31, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The recent donation of $5,000 from Berkeley Springs Moose Lodge 1483 to Morgan County Parks and Recreation will be used to help pay for resurfacing the tennis court at the Dave Henry Memorial Park at Biser Street.

Morgan County Parks and Recreation Acting Director Bob Banks said the tennis court is being resurfaced to support the Berkeley Springs High School tennis team. Rebuilding the tennis court and fixing up the Biser Street Park in general is "good for the youth and adults of the community." Banks said he wants the park to be used.

"Biser Street Park has not been updated for many years," he said. "Tennis will be there for everyone to use."

The tennis court will be blacktopped in early spring, and volunteers will be needed to paint the lines on the court, he said. The total project cost is estimated at $12,000, Banks said.

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Banks said a parks and recreation workshop meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, at Cacapon State Park. The members will discuss the goals and objectives of parks and recreation facilities as Morgan County grows.

Banks said he wants Morgan County Parks and Recreation to create a "planned program beyond baseball and softball."

The board will discuss expansion of the existing areas at Widmyer Elementary and Warm Springs Middle and Intermediate schools, he said. Also, six fields at the U.S. Highway 522 South ball field could be organized by a facilitator to designate their use, he said.

Banks said he envisions a Morgan County Parks and Recreation facility large enough for an inside basketball court and classrooms for both youth and adults. All youth and/or recreational related organizations could talk once a year to discuss the needs of Morgan County and planning could go forward.

"Each organization that is related to youth is worthwhile," he said.

Sponsors are needed to support parks and recreation facilities, he said.

"People who move into the area call me to ask what's available for their child. Unless it is school related, the county doesn't have much," Banks said.

Morgan County Parks and Recreation is supported by three county entities. Each year, the Morgan County Commission donates $15,000 from its portion of the hotel/motel tax revenues; the Town of Bath gives $5,000 from the hotel/motel tax revenues, and the Morgan County Board of Education donates $10,000. There are nine appointed board members; three each from the Town of Bath, the Morgan County Commission and the Morgan County Board of Education.

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