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Rain garden approved for skate park

April 23, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- To prevent possible flooding in the skate park area, the Morgan County Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the installation of a rain garden basin in the Berkeley Springs Bike and Skate Park on Ewing Street.

The rain garden will be provided through a $5,000 grant from the Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council as a demonstration project, said Gordon MacLeod, a Morgan County Parks and Recreation board member.

"We have to get started as soon as soon as possible" to be eligible for the grant, MacLeod said.

Mike Crawford of Berkeley Land Survey, who volunteers his time on the skate park project, said an alternative was to put in the basin and also add a pond that would require a fence because of its depth for a cost of $13,000.

The original cost for the pond that did not require a fence was about $6,000, commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said.

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"I don't want to go there if it doubles the cost," Hutchinson said.

Crawford said installing the rain garden and the pond would assure that storm management runoff would work successfully.

"We have to have something," Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said. "Let's do the rain garden and see where it takes us."

Hutchinson asked for Crawford's opinion about how successful the rain garden alone would be.

Crawford said he believed there was "only a 25 percent chance in having to build the additional pond."

Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of Morgan County Parks and Recreation, said asphalt for the skate park's parking lot will be done after the rain garden is installed.

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