MOUNDSVILLE — City leaders received a large chunk of change to help complete renovations to the East End Park playground in the form of a $10,000 Local Economic Development grant.
The grant was presented by Del. Charlie Reynolds, R-Marshall, who presented the check to city manager Rick Healy and other city officials at an informal ceremony Friday afternoon. Healy said the funds will cover half of the $20,000 renovation project at the playground, and will specifically cover the cost of a pair of slides.
“We’ve been renovating East End Park and playground now for 3½ years, and our goal has always been to put something new and different there,” Healy said.
“One of the things we’ve been looking at for a couple of years now are hillside slides. We’ve got a perfect hill above the playground to use for this; it’s something no one around this area has, and this check will go toward the purchase and installation of those slides.”
Healy said the grant funding was a huge boon to the city, helping to make the purchases fit within the budget.
“We’ve just been waiting for the right time, budget-wise. When we met with Delegate Reynolds and he made this money available, it’s going to pay for over half of this project, so that makes it much easier to obtain. … We installed the new playground in 2019, and we’ve added a couple components since then, and this is another component we’ve been excited about but had never pulled the trigger on.”
The hillside slides will be custom made to the slope of the hill and set side-by-side, Healy said. Installation is estimated to be done in the spring.
Reynolds added that he was happy to secure the grant funding to help the youths of Marshall County.
“We need it for our kids. When the kids go to the (Four Seasons Pool), some don’t want to swim, and this is giving them something to do besides swinging on the swingset,” Reynolds said.
Additionally, in a separate presentation, Reynolds recognized Terry Vessels, working foreman of the sanitation department, with a legislative citation for his years of service to the city. Vessels was greeted by his wife, Carla, and several family members, as well as his co-workers and city leaders.