By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
Riverfront development at Palatine Park took a big financial step forward at the meeting of the Marion County Commission Wednesday.
The commission transferred $400,000 from coal severance tax funds to the Marion County Development Authority.
The money is to be used for the riverfront development project only, “directly to develop Palatine Park and no other uses,” said commissioner Ernie VanGilder.
The five-year-old skate park at Palatine is in for a facelift, thanks to the efforts of two students who approached the commission at last week’s meeting.
Allen Parrack and Zach Foley use the park frequently and asked that it be cleaned up and painted, with maybe some extra lighting and equipment tossed in. Up to 40 skaters use the park every day, many from out of town.
“We gave them what they needed to make it a nice park,” said commission President Randy Elliott. “We don’t mind helping anybody willing to help themselves.”
That skate park is just a small part of what the county commission plans to be a jewel on the Mon River. The county is committed to investing a total of $500,000 into the project and said that once it is built, it will be maintained by the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission. The additional $100,000 comes from hotel-motel taxes.