The Times West Virginian

March 23, 2014

MCPARC boosts recreational opportunities

More than $46,000 to organizations not owned, maintained by Marion County

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC) has allocated more than $46,000 for Marion County recreational parks.

MCPARC annually allocates funding to parks and other recreational places that are not maintained or owned by the county.

“We helped 23 agencies across the county,” MCPARC director Tony Michalski said. “The focus of the program is to increase recreational opportunity around the community. We look for projects that can have a more immediate impact.”

612 MAC received $1,000 for adding fencing around the front border.

Barrackville Youth Basketball received $2,000 for the purchase of additional bleachers for a second field.

Blackshere Elementary School received $1,679 for a picnic table, commercial waste cans and park benches.

Bunner Ridge Riding Association received $350 to rebuild its sign.

The City of Fairmont Parks Community received $1,900 to replace the roof of pavilion two at Morris Park.

The City of Pleasant Valley received $1,000 to install a concrete pad around the existing concession stand.

East Fairmont High School Preschool received $1,000 for a six-foot open, spiral slide.

Fringe Challenger Little League received $1,000 for Turface.

HEART received $2,500 for the Fairmont Community Garden Project.

Mannington Board of Parks and Recreation received $3,475 for mulch around play equipment.

Mannington Youth Baseball and Softball received $3,000 to upgrade two fields, a backstop and fencing.

Marion County 4-H Camp Mar-Mac Association received $2,500 to purchase playground equipment.

Monongah Youth Club Inc. received $4,879 for a new visitors dugout and gravel walkway.

Montana Improvement Association received $2,500 to add to its existing park and ballfield; bleachers, picnic tables, park benches and trash receptacles; and rubber coating under play equipment.

North Marion High School Baseball received $3,000 for drainage material, dirt, limestone, pipes, a ditch trencher and top soil.

Parrish Run Community received $2,500 to replace some picnic tables and to purchase water sealant for tables and playground equipment.

Rivesville Parent and Youth Activities Organization received $857 to purchase and install a chain-link fence on the creek bank at the edge of the volleyball court.

Rivesville Youth Baseball received $2,500 for an equipment building.

The Town of Fairview received $2,725 to replace the pavilion roof and the stage roof.

The Town of Farmington received $1,220 to add a See-Saw and Tic-Tac-Toe panel to the playground.

The Town of Rivesville received $5,000 to repave an existing basketball court and replace two poles, banking board and rim.

MCPARC alloted a total of $46,587 to the projects.

“We try to help out as many agencies as we can,” Michalski said. “We hope to add more agencies every year.”

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