RANSON, W.Va. -- "We need to protect this place," said a determined Jimmy Pierson as he stood on a crumbling cattle bridge over Flowing Springs. "Twenty years from now, this will all be surrounded by houses. We need to protect it now."
Pierson, 57, who manages parks for the City of Ranson,Â has his attention these days focused on nearly 40 acres of what a few decades ago was working farmland pinched between Flowing Springs Road and the new W.Va. 9.Â It's bordered on the east by Flowing Springs Road and on the west by the Home Depot store property in The Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center.
Pierson said Ranson wants to create a passive recreation park where visitors could enjoy walking trails and quiet, contemplative areas.
"We want to leave the land as natural as possible," he said.
There won't be any playing fields, but he envisions an observation deck over an old stone barn foundation and well house. It could be used by bird-watchers and those seeking quiet reflection.