The popular Civil War Days are held at Valley Park, along with many firework displays.
"It can get really congested," Counts said. "I foresee a day when there will be a traffic light."
Williamson said the new entrance would be more for park-goers while traffic headed to the wave pool will be guided toward the old entrance, only a few feet away.
Last year, the wave pool had problems for much of the swimming season. However, Williamson said before the pool opens this year, a new motor that powers the ocean-like waves will be installed and ready before Memorial Day weekend. Two years ago, the slides at the pool were refurbished.
"It will be like having a new wave pool and a new park," Williamson said. "We have people coming from outside the county and state looking for [the wave pool]."
Walking trails will be expanded and connected with others in the park -- something Counts especially likes.
"Look at how populated Teays Valley Road has become," he said. "With our state not being so good with health and wellness, I think the more we have the better.
"Some people might say with Hurricane City Park being just down the road that it's overkill, but with the population still growing, I don't think it's an issue."
The expansion is being funded by a tax-increment financing (TIF) district meant to fund infrastructure and recreational projects. The district was set up in 2003 and is mostly composed of Teays Valley.
"It's nice to actually be able to see where the money is going and that it's being well utilized," Counts said. "I think it's fantastic."
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