By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
The next phase in the renovation of Fifth Street Park is the restoration of the park’s basketball courts and the rubberization of their surfaces.
Several improvements have already been made to the park over the years including reconstruction of a nature trail and the installation of a new putting green.
Most recently, improvements to the playground equipment, complete with a new play structure, swing set and slide, was finished this past spring.
According to City Planner Kathy Wyrosdick, Matt Schmuck, a faculty member at Fairmont State University, saw a need to revitalize the city’s parks, and a collaboration between the city and the university was born.
“This wouldn’t have happened without them,” Wyrosdick said. “This is something that Matt brought to my attention, and it came at a very good time.”