CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston City council members accepted eight acres of land Monday night that will allow them to expand a Fort Hill park to include walking and biking trails.
Councilman Tom Lane, chair of the Charleston Land Trust, said he and his colleagues worked about three years trying to secure the property adjacent to Danner Meadows Park in Fort Hill.
The land runs adjacent to Dabney Drive and along Gordon Road in Fort Hill. A small trail on the property connects a small, unnamed road to MacCorkle Avenue.
It's owned by the Lawson Hamilton estate and was to be sold to the city for $40,000 a few years ago, but that deal fell through.
Lane said the Hamilton family eventually decided to donate the property after the persistence of Bill Mills, a landscaper and Charleston Land Trust member.
They were convinced when they saw the work that Mills and other Land Trust members had put into remodeling the Carriage Trail near Bridge Road earlier this year, he said.
"This property has been one of our goals and missions of the Charleston Land Trust," Lane said. "I'm glad this marks another instance of when you set a goal to do something, it all works out."
The donated property already has several makeshift trails that could eventually link with trails in Danner Meadows Park, Mills said. He's already raised about $10,000 from private citizens and businesses.
"There is a lot of people involved with the Land Trust who want this project to be successful," Mills said.
There is still a sewer line on the property and developers would need to build a bridge in one section of the trail, he said. Other than that it is in pretty good shape, he said.