HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Kevin Counts goes to Valley Park about twice a week to walk the paved trails. His kids spent their childhood playing soccer there.
"We've grown with the park," he said.
And the park is still growing. By the end of this month, a nearly $2 million expansion at the park should be completed, said Scott Williamson, director of Putnam County Parks and Recreation. The 5.5-acre addition will make the park a little more than 70 acres.
The park, located off Teays Valley Road, which used to be all farm land, is home to the county's wave pool, ballfields, tennis courts, walking trails, a seasonal ice skating rink and playground equipment, among other things.
"It was one of the last couple of farms in Teays Valley, so we wanted to keep the whole expansion along the lines of a farm theme," Williamson said.
A red barn has been constructed that will serve as a maintenance shop for the county since the old equipment storage building burned down last year.
"Someday, if we're able to build another maintenance shop, the barn can be repurposed for rentals or a place for weddings," Williamson said.
A large white gazebo modeled after an old one-room schoolhouse in Eleanor will be a place for picnics. A sandbox for children will have a pigpen theme.
On the upper level of the addition, there will be soccer and t-ball fields. The new area will also have several water features.
"We have a couple of springs that hit in the middle of the site," Williamson said, adding there will be a series of waterfalls. Also, he hopes to eventually stock the water and have a place for children to fish.
An extra entrance into the park that will help clear congestion after events is long overdue, both Williamson and Counts said.