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South Charleston closer to having a riverfront park

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens announced Thursday that the city is moving closer to building a riverfront park and theater similar to Haddad Park in Charleston.

Paul Mattox, cabinet secretary of the state Department of Transportation, approved leasing a portion of land leading from the Kanawha River near Mountaineer Boulevard to the city, Mullens said. The land is underneath Interstate 64 and is owned by the DOT.

A boat dock is in the space, but hasn't been used in some time. The land was acquired so the city can start planning the theater and how it might look, he said.

"We have a vision but it's too early to say," he said. "This is something we will do further down the line."

City Council members have talked about building a park on the river for many years, but have had problems finding space, he said.

Mullens said he's waiting for City Attorney Michael Moore to approve paperwork before fundraising can begin for the project.

Also during the meeting, Councilman Jeff Means said the recreation committee is making a list of repairs for the city's parks and playgrounds.

Other council members who serve on the committee are working to secure grants to repair the problems, some of which were caused by severe thunderstorms earlier this month, Means said.

Gerald Burgy, the city's public works director, said the city is still picking up all recyclables except glass. Operations at the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority recycling center in Charleston have been severely curtailed since March because of safety issues.

All of the South Charleston's recyclables are hauled to a processing center in Beckley until Charleston's center reopens or the Solid Waste Authority finds another site, Burgy said.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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